NEEDS FOR TOTAL FIRE ENGINEERING OF MASS TIMBER BUILDINGS

Alastair Bartlett, Felix Wiesner, Rory Hadden, Luke Bisby, Barbara Lane, Andrew Lawrence, Pedro Palma, Andrea Frangi

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Abstract

Fire safety is widely perceived as a barrier to implementation of tall timber buildings, particularly for engineered mass timber buildings with significant areas of exposed timber and timber structural framing. This negative perception is exacerbated by a lack of scientific data or experimental evidence on a range of potentially important issues that must be properly understood to undertake rational, performance-based engineering design of such structures. With the goal of delivering fully engineered structural fire designs, this paper presents and discusses a framework for using scientific knowledge, along with fire engineering tools and methods, to enable the design of timber buildings such that, when subject to real fire loads, their performance is quantified. The steps in this framework are discussed with reference to the available literature, in an effort to highlight areas where additional knowledge and tools are needed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2016)
Place of PublicationVienna
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016

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