30 Aug '17, 1pm

Heavy Timber Assemblies Earn Fire Rating

Heavy Timber Assemblies Earn Fire Rating

Full-scale fire tests on glulam beams and columns have given three off-the-shelf structural connectors a minimum one-hour fire rating, opening new opportunities for mass-timber construction in buildings below 85 feet high. ReThink Wood , a group promoting the use of wood building components, said the lack of a fire resistance rating (FRR) for off-the-shelf connections has hindered the mass-timber industry, but test results will now allow designers to meet requirements of the International Building Code for so-called Type IV construction , and demonstrate that mass timber construction meets or exceeds fire safety standards in the U.S. "Approval by an authority having jurisdiction will therefore be easier for future building projects," authors of the report said. David Barber, a fire safety engineer at Arup, one of the sponsors of the tests, said the findings should make mas...

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