Fire Resistance in Timber Structures

10:00 - 17:00, 15th November 2019, Glasgow

Timber structures are able to offer an abundance of benefits in the design of construction industry. They offer a quick, cost effective and alternative to other construction materials, and perhaps most importantly in todays climate, provide one of the greener construction alternatives (especially if ethically sourced, providing a low carbon and effectively renewable building material). However with this choice, designers need to ensure they fully understand the risks associated with timber, with fire protection being a key aspect of this.

This course will provide an overview of some of the key technical considerations those involved with timber structures should consider in relation to fire protection. Several areas will be covered leaving delegates with a more rounded appreciation of fire resistance including the  design of key elements, and a preview of what the next generation of Eurocode 5 will look like.



10:00 - 11:30

Design of linear members

Fire design of timber members consists of determination of char layer and taking the effect strength loss in the heated zone into account. This lecture will describe the general procedure for fire design of timber members and specifically design of glulam beams and columns in standard fire according to EN 1995-1-2. Design example will be given.


12:00 - 13:30

Design of timber frame assemblies

Fire design of timber frame assemblies is more complex compared to linear members. Due to the relatively small cross-sections, timber members can be more effected by fire and the protection by claddings and cavity insulation is important. This lecture will describe the procedure of fire design of timber frame walls and floors with and without cavity insulation. Design methods for rectangular cross-sections and I-joists will be presented according to EN 1995-1-2. Design example will be given.


14:30 - 15:30

Design for separating function

Fire resistance of separating walls and floors can be assessed by tests or by design method. This lecture will introduce a Separating Function Method that is based on summarizing contributions of each layer to the overall fire resistance of the structure. The method is published in the European Technical Guideline Fire Safety in Timber Buildings and will be added to the next version of EN 1995-1-2. Design example will be given.


16:00 - 17:00

News about the next generation of Eurocode 5

All Eurocodes are currently under revision. This lecture will explain the main coming changes and improvements of Eurocode 5 Part 1-2. Description of the procedure for revision will be shortly explained.


About the Lecturer

Alar Just is a professor of structural engineering at Tallinn University of Technology and a researcher at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. He completed his dissertation on fire resistance of timber frame assemblies in 2010. From 2010 he has worked as a researcher at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden where his research is related to fire resistance of timber structures. He has conducted more than 200 fire tests and is currently supervising 3 PhD students in the field of fire resistance of timber structures. Other than RISE ad Tallinn University,  he has regular courses at Linneaus University and London City University. Dr Just is also a reviewer for several scientific journals, in the scientific board of the conferences Structures in Fire, Wood Building Forum, and Wood and Fire. Dr Just was a core group member of COST Action FP1404 “Fire safe use of bio-based building products” and is a head of Estonian delegation in CEN TC 250 SC 5. He is member of TC250 - SC5.T4 project team, drafting the next generation of EN 1995-1-2.


Jurys Inn Hotel

80 Jamaica St,

Glasgow G1 4QG

Getting Here

When flying: Glasgow Airport is about 20 minutes away by taxi. There is a bus available at the airport which will take you to Central Station. The bus is available every 15 mins and will take approx 20-30 mins depending on traffic. Once at Central Station please see directions below.

From Glasgow Central: Exit Glasgow Central from Union Street exit. Turn right and keep walking down past MacDonalds. Jurys Inn is situated at the end of this street

From Queen Street: Take the George Square exit, Turn right on to St Vincent St, continue forward and turn left on to Buchanan St, Continue down to the end of Buchanan St, Turn right on to Argyle St, and take your immediate left at Pizza Hut on to Jamaica St, Jurys Inn is across the road on the right hand side.

When driving: The M8 and M74 motorways are both just 2 minutes from the hotel. Parking is available within a 3 minute walk from the hotel at Qpark Jamaica Street - with charges from £8 for 24 hours. To secure this rate make sure to get your ticket validated at the hotel reception and pay for your parking at the QPark Car Park Office.

Opening times and prices may change at the car park operator’s discretion and as such the information is a guideline only. Please check at the entrance to the car park to obtain exact prices, opening times and closing times.

Parking located at Jamaica Street, 15 Adams Ct Ln, Glasgow G1 4NL


Registration of the course is now open. The fee for the workshop will be £385 +VAT which includes course notes lunch and refreshments. To complete registration, please fill in the following form HERE.

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0141 429 6740

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