Today, the UKTFA has launched the second edition of ‘Design Guidance to Separating Distances during Construction’ – a designers guide to constructing timber frame buildings greater than 600m2.  This Guidance, which has the backing of the HSE, was first launched in November 2011 and since that time has been adopted by the construction industry as the Guidance that encourages the entire industry, regardless of the construction method, to improve site safety and reduce the risk of construction site fires.

Critically this work underpins the growth of timber frame in high density, inner city areas and enables architects to confidently design highly sustainable timber frame schemes in very close proximity to other buildings.  The second edition Guidance incorporates the findings of large scale fire testing of materials and systems commonly used in timber frame structures making this the most robust evidence in the market that proves timber frame can be constructed safely, in any location, in the UK.

The revised Guidance gives architects much greater flexibility to interchange different wall and floor systems in line with the scheme design and also allows for accurate fire protection measurement of a broad range of pre and site fitted insulation options.  In addition to the inclusion of more materials and system-types, the Guidance has also been simplified to ensure its uptake and adoption is maximised.

Paul Newman, technical director UKTFA, comments: “the second edition Guidance should sit on the desk of every architect involved in the design of sustainable buildings in urban and high density areas.  Without question, timber frame construction is gaining huge traction in the delivery of low carbon construction because of the significant thermal performance benefits of the timber fabric.  The publication of this updated Guidance, the proven programme advantages and cost certainty of timber frame alongside its unrivalled sustainability credentials mean that the industry is in great shape to see continued growth.”


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