Fire Safe Design of Timber Buildings

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The change to the National Construction Code, Volume One (NCC) in 2016 introduced fire-protected timber as a Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) solution for Class 2 (apartments), Class 3 (e.g. hotels/motels) and Class 5 (office) buildings up to 25 metres in effective height incorporating automatic sprinklers throughout. There is also a desire by building professionals to vary from the DTS provisions requiring a Performance Solution. This WoodSolutions seminar will describe principles for the fire safe design of timber buildings.

Register here

We are very fortunate to have a range of experts who will present and discuss the:

  • structural timber systems available for the construction of tall timber buildings,
  • fire engineering principles behind the NCC provisions
  • aspects to consider when undertaking a Performance Solution,
  • standard DTS fire tests and natural fire tests to support Performance Solutions, and
  • using furnace test results as part of fire engineering analysis.

The seminar is a must for all fire engineers, building surveyors/certifiers, fire services, local government authorities, regulators and building and is also of interest for design professionals including architects, building designers, engineers, builders, developers and educators.


Date: 13th November 2018
Venue: RMIT University (City Campus) Building 56 (Level 3, Room 82) 115 Queensbury Street, Melbourne
Time: 12.15 pm registration for 12.30 - 5.00pm
CPD: 4.0 Informal CPD points available for attendance.
Cost: FREE for all design and building professionals 
RSVP: by 9th November here


Program & Speakers

12.15pm - Registration – RMIT (City Campus), Building 56, Level 3, Room 82
12.30pm - Welcome & Introduction - Adam Jones, WoodSolutions

  • Risk-based Approaches Underpinning the Changes to the NCC 2016 - Paul England, EFT Consult
  • DTS Requirements for Low-rise and Mid-rise Timber Buildings - Boris Iskra, Forest and Wood Products Australia
  • Fire Engineering Exposed Timber - Travis Stirling and Robert Dixon, Arup

Afternoon Tea & Networking

  • Standard-test Based DTS Approaches - Steven Halliday, Exova Warringtonfire
  • Natural Fire-testing for Performance Solutions - Nathan White, CSIRO
  • Extending the Application of Furnace Tests for Performance Solutions - Paul England, EFT Consult

Panel session & Question time
5.00pm - Finish

see full program here



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