There are various misconceptions about the ability of timber to perform under harsh conditions, including fire. The correct choice of product, good design and the help of technology mean that almost any end-use can benefit from a wood-based solution.
Remember, completed timber frame buildings that meet all current UK building regulations and standards are entirely safe from fire. All sites under construction, whichever method of construction is used, are potentially vulnerable to fire due to criminal incidents or accidents. Products, such as timber fire doors, can contain fire and give occupants the opportunity to escape. Other timber elements, such as beams or joists, will perform in a predicable way during a fire, which means the integrity of a building can be maintained for a known period of time, preventing the loss of life and minimising further damage.
TTF Members can explain clearly how timber’s superb natural properties can deliver high performance and life-expectancy levels. This is improved even further through the use of modern preservatives that, when applied correctly, enhance timber’s natural durability even further. There are many types of products and many methods of application so it is important when specifying preservatives and finishes to be clear about where the timber product is to be used, how long it is expected to last and how often it will need to be maintained.
Additional information for TTF Members is available here.
For further information on preservatives and finishes visit the Wood Protection Association here.
For a guide to Fire Safety on Timber Frame Construction Sites please click here.
For more information on timber and fire visit the Chiltern Fire here