Fire performance of timber frame dwellings
This Wood Information Sheet, produced in association with the UK Timber Frame Association, explains the basic principles used in meeting fire performance requirements and provides guidance to ensure that all parties involved understand their role in the design and construction of a timber frame building.
The sheet considers both the design and construction of the timber frame building in relation to the Building Regulations for England and Wales. It also looks at fire safety on construction sites.
- How buildings behave in fire
- How timber performs in fire
- Essential elements for fire resistance
- Typical tasks for designers and builders
- Fire during construction
- Restoration after a fire
This Wood Information Sheet gives guidance on assessing the suitability of existing doors for upgrading to give a 20 or 30 minutes' fire resistance comparable with that of purpose-made fire doors. Upgrading to 60 minutes' performance will rarely be possible.
Upgrading the fire resistance of existing doors is a...
In many situations, timber and wood-based materials may be used in their natural, untreated state. However, flame-retardant (FR) treatments extend their use to situations that demand enhanced 'reaction to fire' properties.
This Wood Information Sheet (WIS) covers treatments that may be applied to wood and wood-based products both...
Even among experienced developers and engineers, the performance of mass timber buildings in fire is a sensitive and often misunderstood topic. Wojtek Serwatka summarises the current state of knowledge in the industry regarding self-extinction in mass timber structures and its relation to overall fire safety strategy.