Constructing fire-safe timber buildings

constructing fire safe timber buildings

Fire safety is of critical importance to the timber supply chain. Now, a new website is bringing comprehensive fire safety guidance together in one place for anyone building with timber.

The timber industry has launched a comprehensive new fire safety website: Fire Safety. Wood in Construction.

The site has been designed to give construction professionals a single point of access to information and guidance on this multi-faceted and safety-critical subject, and is available free at

Fire safety design can take many different pathways, influenced by such factors as architectural vision, client demands and product choices.

The site provides users with underpinning principles and approaches, as well as background references and cross-links to further advice and guidance, giving them context and UK industry resources in support of their wood projects.

Referencing European standards where appropriate, but with a focus on UK regulations and standards, the site is designed so that a range of different users can explore subjects at different levels of detail – from architects and structural engineers to building owners and the many stakeholders that make successful timber projects possible.

Although the site allows navigation to specific areas, users are encouraged to follow the suggested topic flow site map to get a good understanding of the inter-connectedness and multi-disciplinary nature of fire safety.

You can navigate through the website to learn about fire safety, designing for fire safety, and managing construction for fire safety.

The site map will guide users through the site to get a good understanding of fire safety.

Reducing barriers to timber

A key goal of this project is to reduce the number of barriers that exist to the use of timber in mainstream construction, with fire safety being a significant concern for many.

David Hopkins, CEO of Timber Development UK (TDUK) and Andrew Carpenter, CEO of the Structural Timber Association, say: “This site brings together a wealth of knowledge and expertise from across the construction spectrum. It’s also been good to have a true collaboration with our colleagues at Swedish Wood. We will continue to work together to promote best practice in all areas of timber safety and design.”

Anna Ryberg Ågren, Director of Swedish Wood, adds: “We are delighted to be partnering with TDUK and the STA to produce this important, independently verified website. It forms part of our aim to help UK building professionals in the construction sector access factual information concerning timber and fire safety, as well as to be able to link to like-minded information on a European level.”

User feedback on omissions, or links to further research that could be considered for inclusion, is welcome via the Feedback Form on the website, and there are plans for the site to be updated regularly to reflect changes in guidance.


* This article was first published in the May/June issue of Supplying Timber magazine