Timber frame comes under further fire scrutiny

The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) has said it is dealing with an increasing number of fires in timber-framed properties under construction.
It says while such buildings are not inherently unsafe, fires tend to spread faster and burn more intensely and that a review of the regulations relating to the construction of timber-framed buildings is needed.

The comments come after a series of fires at sites were timber-framed buildings were under construction.

The UK Timber Frame Association says its buildings are completely safe and comply with all the present regulations.

The government says it is listening to the fire chiefs’ concerns and will work with the industry to establish if there are risks associated with timber-framed buildings.

John White, CEO of the Timber Trades Federation writes about this issue in his blog.

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