Timber industry launches new fire safety website

8 March 2023

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

The intention of the site, launched during Futurebuild week, is to give all construction professionals a single point of free access to information and guidance on the subject at FireSafety

The site has been developed as a collaborative project between Swedish Wood, Timber Development UK (TDUK) and the Structural Timber Association (STA).

The information in this first iteration was provided by experts from the UK and Sweden, reviewed by a separate expert group drawn from the UK timber industry and independent consultants, and curated by Professor Julie Bregulla FREng, consultant to Swedish Wood.

This site gives the user underpinning principles and approaches, as well as background references and cross-links to further advice and guidance, so as to provide them with context and UK industry resources in support of their wood projects. 

“The most important thing is to provide designers with the principles of timber design for fire safety, not try to do the design for them,” said David Hopkins, CEO of TDUK. 

“Understanding fire safety principles underpins good design,” added Professor Bregulla. 

“We hope this website will bring an accessible and flexible resource to the wider community to inform their design processes with timber solutions and facilitate their wider supply chain collaborations.”

Targeted users include architects, structural engineers, building owners and the many stakeholders making successful timber projects possible.

The new website is a collaborative industry effort