Wood-based panel products and timber in fire
This Wood Information Sheet (WIS), intended for designers, specifiers and manufacturers, covers the behaviour of wood-based panel products such as plywood, particleboard and fibreboards, in addition to timber.
Smoke control and production is also considered.
This Wood Information Sheet applies to the United Kingdom and other jurisdictions where British practice is followed.
It is important to have tests acceptable in the jurisdiction where products are intended to be sold. This WIS explains two systems of testing - British and European. Both are acceptable in the UK. However the British system is not accepted in other European countries. Like Britain, other European countries have their own systems for testing. The European system is accepted in all European countries.
- Reaction to fire
- Fire resistance
- Fire performance during construction
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...
Oliver Neve explains what happens to CLT during a fire, extracted from TRADA’s forthcoming book on the performance of cross-laminated timber (CLT).
Article from Timber 2017 Industry Yearbook
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...