The essential guide to fire retardant timber

Timber is an incredibly attractive and flexible building material. Its popularity is evident across all manner of buildings, both internally and externally. With a renewable profile, timber is the perfect building material to assist the world in reducing carbon dioxide…

Constructing an argument for change

Glyn Coates, Zeroignition, looks at traditional methods of construction in the light of Grenfell, where they’re failing and what we can do. There’s a barrier preventing construction from adopting improvements at a similar pace to other industries. There’s some headway…

Considering the performance of renovated heavy timber structures

Nearly two centuries ago, the boom of America’s Industrial Revolution necessitated the genesis of a concurrent revolution in industrial architecture. The exceptional needs of growing American industry required building gargantuan structures capable of housing the operations which outfitted a bustling…

Addressing the risk of combustible cladding systems

From Dubai’s Torch Tower to Grenfell Tower in the U.K. and from Lacrosse Tower in Melbourne, Australia, to a 28-story high-rise in Shanghai, China, devastating fires involving combustible exterior cladding have resulted in major new initiatives to identify at-risk buildings…

Why passive fire protection is key to the construction plan

With continued growth of high-rise and commercial construction across the globe, understanding the role that both passive and active fire protection should play in every new build and retro-fit has never been so important – especially when seeking the approval…

Understanding fire performance of insulated panel systems

Modern methods of construction are an essential part of the built environment today, helping us to create buildings that are resource and energy efficient, robust and visually pleasing. However, the rapid development of new and innovative products to meet demand…

Fire safety in modern wooden houses – mapping of fire incidents in Sweden

Multi-storey timber frame houses have been built in Sweden since 1994, when performance-based building regulations were introduced. The construction technology is now well established and steadily growing. Life safety protection is clearly defined in the building regulations. Now, property protection…

Post-Grenfell realisations about compartmentation for fire safety

The after effects of the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower have kick started a realisation that change is necessary in the fire industry. Too often in our industry it feels like the certification is driving the maintenance, with its insurance…

Intelligent and innovative: the new approach to fire safety in construction

All sectors face a range of unique challenges when it comes to maintaining fire safety. For the construction industry, these are particularly difficult – construction sites are a dangerous mix of temporary structures, potentially hazardous machinery, heavy materials and working…

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