As the construction industry sharpens its focus on sustainability, the popularity of structural timber continues to grow. In the wake of 2016 changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) that enabled timber construction up to 8 storeys for certain building classes, engineered timber is increasingly regarded as a viable structural material.

In their new whitepaper, Engineered for safety: Passive fire protection systems for cross-laminated timber, passive fire protection specialists Promat explore how cross-laminated timber (CLT) can meet Australia’s stringent fire protection requirements.

The whitepaper begins by focusing on the composition and characteristics of CLT and why these make the engineered timber well suited to structural applications. It then explains the concept of passive fire protection and the key ways in which this can be achieved, namely: structurally, via compartmentation, by installing opening protection, and by using fire-stopping materials. The whitepaper concludes by presenting a number of high performance passive fire protection solutions from Promat Australia.

Having led the global industry in passive fire protection for over 60 years, Promat understands the value of harnessing new technologies to meet longstanding construction demands. Their extensive catalogue of passive fire protection solutions includes CLT systems that have been fully tested and deemed compliant with the relevant Australian standards.

To learn how CLT can be used to deliver sustainability and reliable passive fire protection, download  Engineered for safety: Passive fire protection systems for cross-laminated timber.