Greater of mass timber in construction is dependent on fire testing.
Fire testing is a critical component of changing building codes to allow the shift to greater construction with mass timber. Mass timber readily passes one-hour fire resistance ratings, but buildings taller than six stories must pass a fire resistance rating of at least two hours. Encapsulation, where combustible mass timber products are surround by fire resistant materials is a new innovation aimed at meeting more stringent fire resistance standards.
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Fire testing mass timber construction