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    NEW TIMBER FRAME FIRE SAFETY GUIDANCE PLANNED

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    The Fire Protection Association and insurers technical research group RISCAuthority are to publish comprehensive guidance aimed at tradesmen installing services in timber frame structures.

    The decision follows a number of high profile timber-framed construction site fires and concern at the rate and severity of their fire spread. Dr Jim Glockling FPA Technical Director and RISCAuthority passive group chair said:

    “Our principal concerns are their susceptibility to arson and accidental fire setting during the construction phase; the impact of these often large fires on local communities; build quality issues meaning some buildings may fail to ever meet the fire protection requirements of the Building Regulations; and the scope for occupier adjustment of the building to defeat the fire safety principles of the design.”

    RISCAuthority technical groups are now working closely with UK Timber Frame Association (UKTFA) to provide a series of guides that complement the existing UKTFA scheme to reduce construction fires. Dr Glockling added:

    “We have this week released a new freely available guide on Arson and over the next few months aim to produce a comprehensive series of guides specifically targeted at groups whose trades requires them to breach the fire compartment.

    From electricians and plumbers to cable TV installers and DIY enthusiasts we intend to highlight the issues of breaching fire compartments and the importance of selecting the correct devices for ‘making good’ the breach to ensure the fire design ambition is maintained”.

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