Fire Safety Challenges of Tall Wood Buildings
Robert Gerard, Arup
David Barber, Arup
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Recent architectural trends include the design and construction of increasingly tall buildings with structural components comprised of engineered timber referred to as cross-laminated timber (CLT), laminated-strand lumber (LSL) or glued laminated timber (Glulam). These buildings are cited for their advantages in sustainability resulting from the use of wood as a renewable construction material. The performance of these buildings under credible fire scenarios needs to be assessed to ensure occupant safety from emissions and thermal hazards, as well as property protection for the building and nearby structures. Accordingly, the Fire Protection Research Foundation and Arup are undertaking a Phase 1 project to gather relevant research on tall timber buildings and identify the knowledge gaps in the available information.