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Timber Takes the Heat: What Every Architect Should Know About Wood Construction and Fire Protection

By Eduardo Souza
Arch Daily
January 15, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Since time immemorial humans have constructed their shelter and homes using wood. Gradually these structures grew more complex, but wood has continued to play a fundamental role in architecture and construction. Today, especially due to growing concerns about climate change and carbon emissions, wood has been regaining significance as an important building material for the future, if used consciously and sustainably. …Mass timber is a category of framing often using large panelized solid wood construction including cross-laminated timber, nail laminated timber, dowel-laminated timber, and glued laminated timber (glulam) panels for floor and wall framing. …As timber construction continues to rise, it is important to understand wood’s proven performance when it comes to fire protection. Fire is a danger for all buildings and construction sites – regardless of building material. 

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