Fire safety on timber frame construction sites (Version 3)

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All buildings must be constructed to meet national building regulations, which include requirements for fire resistance. These regulations do not cover buildings under construction and only come into effect once the building is completed. Timber frame buildings meet and can exceed minimum building regulations. 

This Construction Briefing explores fire during construction, not post construction, it offers readers a number of best practice tips to help reduce the risk of fire on a construction site.

This document features a breakdown of the precautions which should be taken, including the UKTFA's 16 steps to fire safety, a brief overview of HSE's fire safety in construction HSG 168 and a guide to the separating distances which should be followed when bulking with timber frame.


  • Background and history
  • 16 steps to fire safety
  • Site safe
  • HSE fire safety in construction HSG 168 (2nd edition - October 2010)
  • UKTFA separating distances guide (December 2012)
    • Background and introduction
    • Standard timber frame and construction process mitigation methods
    • Timber frame build methods to reduce the separating distances
  • Other risk management measures

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