External Timber Cladding and Fire Risk

Date Published

21 September 2022

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Building Regulations are intended to ensure that a reasonable standard of life safety is provided in the event of fire. The appropriate use of timber products can play a critical part in improving the performance of buildings in fire situations and in extending the time available to occupants to exit the building.

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