Supporting Fire Safe Construction

Supporting Fire Safe Construction

A go-to-source for independent, expert guidance on designing for fire safety with timber.

Liam Macandrew
Head of Digital and Content

With our partners Swedish Wood and the Structural Timber Association, we have developed an industry-wide, independently verified resource, to answer questions on timber and fire safety.


With climate change an urgent challenge, it is natural to turn to wood to help achieve sustainable development in the built environment. But the increasing popularity and complexity of wood buildings raise questions about combustibility and fire safety. And revisions in UK Building Regulations have implications for all combustible materials used in construction, including wood.

This industry-wide, independently verified, resource is the first stage in bringing together the information needed to answer these questions. It is designed to provide guidance, rather than specific solutions, for the use of timber in buildings, as fire safety design can take many different pathways, influenced by such factors as architectural vision, client demands and product choices.

This online resource, timberfiresafety.org, aims to be a guide to help all create fire-safe wood buildings with confidence. It draws on the latest research and technical expertise of UK and European wood associations and structural engineers, and will be updated as and when new data is available from the extensive, continuing research programme.

Referencing European standards where appropriate, but with a focus on UK regulations and standards, it brings knowledge from across the world to a range of different users, from architects and structural engineers to building owners and the fire service.

While the content is written by experts, the information this resource contains is suitable for a wide range of users, with additional technical information levels 1 and 2 available on closed toggles  to accommodate various levels of depth of inquiry.

This resource is being constantly revised, and we are developing resources to partner with it – including an ongoing series of case studies and webinars which show the principles of fire safe design and construction, as outlined on the website, being put into practice.

For more information on this resource, please do contact us.

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