Conference on fire safety in timber buildings
21. January 2014

A presentation of technical guideline „Fire safety in timber buildings. Version 3“ recently translated to Estonian will take place in Tallinn University of Technology on next Monday, 27th January. The guideline summarizes the requirements for fire safety in the design and construction of wooden houses in Nordic and Baltic countries. The event is organized in cooperation with Tallinn University of Technology, Estonian Building Centre, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Estonian Woodhouse Association and Estonian Wooden Houses Cluster.

The leading author is Birgit Östman (SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden) and editor Alar Just (Tallinn University of Technology). The guideline is intended for architects, engineers, educators, regulatory authorities and building industry. It includes information about wooden structures and requirements for fire resistance of wood construction, providing an overview of the progress made in the last decade in harmonization of Europe’s construction products standards and their compliance verification methods. This is a third, fully updated version designed to provide practical advice and recommendations for fire calculations on timber structures and -products in order to make them compatible with the existing fire safety requirements in Nordic and Baltic countries.

In addition to the authors several specialists will be speaking about fire safety in the design and construction of wooden houses: Rait Pukk - Head of fire safety supervision department of Estonian Rescue Board, Esko Mikkola - leading fire safety expert of the Finnish company KK Palokonsultti and Joachim Schmid – research engineer at SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. Foreign speakers’ lectures are held in English, with simultaneous translation into Estonian. Complete programme of the event can be found here.

 The conference is supported by European Regional Development Fund through cluster development program of Enterprise Estonia in the frames of "Estonian Wooden Houses Exporters Cluster Project".