The Weekly is STREAMING now. Join us at HorizonTV

Five fire scenarios tested on full-scale mass timber building

Results will help inform code changes.

July 27, 2017 |
A piece of wood on fire

Pixabay Public Domain

Five full-scale mass timber fire tests in a multi-story apartment building with promising results will be used to inform code changes.

The International Code Council Ad-hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings conducted the fire scenarios tested in two one-bedroom apartments constructed using mass timber. The test scenarios included various arrangements of exposed and unexposed cross-laminated timber (CLT) with open doors between living and sleeping areas.

In addition, the tests evaluated automatic sprinkler systems effectiveness. A General Technical Report FPL-GTR-247 on the fire tests will be available from the Forest Products Laboratory in the near future.

One finding after one test was that exposed CLT essentially self-extinguished due to the formation of char that protected the underlying wood. In two tests, sprinklers were able to effectively control the fire.

Overlay Init

Enter your card information to continue your checkout.

Your card will be charged: 0

Success!
x