Webinar: Performance-Based Design Of Fire Safety In High-Rise Timber Buildings
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When: Monday, December 9, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern Time; 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM CEST
Where: Virtual
United States
Contact: Maggie Mojab

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Performance Based Design Of Fire Safety In High-Rise Timber Building

Presented by: Robert Jonsson, FSFPE, Senior Advisor, SWECO AB & Carl Pettersson, Senior Fire Engineer, RED Fire Engineers

The construction of an engineered timber building creates many fire safety challenges.

In a timber building, intensive fire scenarios can be expected if timber is being exposed in floors, walls or ceilings. This is also to be expected where protective layers are lost, and timber becomes exposed at a later stage in a fire scenario. De-lamination of laminated timber layers with secondary flash-over fire scenarios will have a serious impact on the structural redundancy of the loadbearing structures which will be exposed to more challenging fires than in a traditional high-rise building if the fire is not suppressed in its early stages.

If self-extinguishment of a fully developed fire is not addressed in the design, the building will be reliant on fire brigade intervention to mitigate the collapse of the building. High-rise buildings pose more challenges for the fire brigade and thus fire brigade intervention should not be relied upon in a robust design.

The fire safety in high-rise timber buildings is complicated and need a holistic risk assessment to address the many complexities. There are also many uncertainties in the fire dynamics and behavior of the material in the structure which must be addressed to meet an acceptable level of safety.

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