Report on Findings from the Largest Mass Timber Fire Tests in Canada

3 October 2023

A recent report revealed the findings from Canada’s mass timber demonstration fire tests project led by the Canadian Wood Council (CWC). The findings revealed that even under severe, unsprinklered fire conditions with exposed structural mass timber, the test structure remained stable and structurally intact after enduring each of the five different fire tests, which varied in severity and duration. 

In total, the experiments exposed the structure to 19 hours of fire. These findings further bolster the CWC’s ongoing work in developing codes and standards, which will contribute to the establishment of evidence-based and regularly updated building codes that keep pace with innovations in construction technology.

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