Fire Ratings and timber
Amendments to the fire protection provisions of the New Zealand Building Code has received publicity around the effects these changes will have in reducing opportunities to use timber in buildings. The Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association have produced a media release clarifying the situation:
In April 2012 the NZ Building Code Regulations for Reaction-to-Fire were changed. These changes became mandatory in April 2013.
Recognition of these changes has come late to the NZ timber industry, and some provocative statements have been made.
The changes were based on a large amount of work done at BRANZ on reaction-to-fire of internal linings of buildings. See BRANZ Study Reports 160,301,302 and 314.
These regulations have changed the ways in which timber can be used as linings in some types of buildings in New Zealand. More >>
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