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Concerns Over Timber Building Stunt Spread Of Wood-based Buildings

There is a continuous rise in concern over wooden-based buildings across the UK due to the Grenfell blaze which happened before.

There is a continuous rise in concern over wooden-based buildings across the UK due to the Grenfell blaze which happened before.

Following the Grenfell incident fears of another blaze of the same type were raised. The government of the UK plans to restrict the maximum height of wood-framed buildings from six storeys to four.

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The emergency services supported the government`s move in order to lower the risk of fire. The idea was in contrast with the advice which was given to increase the construction of timber as trees lock up climate-heating carbon emissions.

The members of the timber trade mentioned that the England Government misunderstood the science behind timber construction.

Timber walls can be made safe by adopting methods like flame-retardant treatments and fire-resistant cladding, according to them.

In a report, Matt Linegar from the Finish timber giant Stora Enso said: “Obviously no-one wants to see another tragedy like Grenfell; protecting life is the main concern. But the government is over-reacting. Properly-constructed timber buildings can be safe in a fire – it depends on the design.

“Even with the current guidelines introduced after Grenfell, there has been a chilling effect on the industry. People commissioning buildings think ‘I’d better not use timber’. The market has virtually dried up.”

The President of France, Macron has pronounced that by 2022 all the new buildings which are funded publicly should be at least 50 per cent timber or other natural resources.

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In Norway, a new “ply-skyscraper” stretches fully 18 storey – the height deemed safe by the standards authorities in North America recently.

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