Masterclass: Cross-laminated timber and fire safety

Masterclass: Cross-laminated timber and fire safetyThe AJ and James Hardie recently hosted a CPD-accredited talk on fire safety by building regs expert and AJ columnist Geoff Wilkinson, followed by a panel discussion

‘We should build a three-storey, timber-framed building, put a mattress on the balcony, a motorbike in the front room with a full tank of petrol, and set fire to it,’ says Waugh Thistleton Architects co-founder Anthony Thistleton.

Far from being a pyromaniac, Thistleton is a fierce ambassador for the environmental and fire-safety benefits of modern timber construction. He is speaking at a masterclass event at the Science Gallery in central London on Friday, 28 June, organised by the AJ and partner James Hardie, following a talk on fire safety by Geoff Wilkinson, managing director of Wilkinson Construction Consultants, AJ Specification columnist and a building regulations expert.

Thistleton says more could be done to shift public and political opinion towards timber-framed buildings. A demonstration project in which a mock residential tower was built with a cross-laminated timber (CLT) or glulam frame, loaded with the fire risks of modern life and then ignited, would go a long way to proving just how safe the material is, he says.

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