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Construction Fire Safety Coalition

The Construction Fire Safety Coalition a collaborative, multi-stakeholder coalition that is dedicated to reducing the occurrence of fires in buildings under construction, alteration, or demolition. To achieve this goal, coalition partners will align on best practices and agree to promote awareness of the coalition and offer educational materials and opportunities to stakeholder organizations that value a fire safe construction site. Information on becoming a partner is available upon request by email at partners@constructionfiresafety.org.

 

Fire Safety in Wood Construction

Over 90% of the homes that are built in the United States each year are constructed using wood-frame construction. Wood-framed structures have served the needs of society since the 1700s—from single- family homes to larger, multi-story apartment buildings, townhouses, commercial and industrial properties.

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Design for Code Acceptance Series
Design for Code Acceptance (DCA) documents are intended to support product acceptance for regulatory purposes. 
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Construction Fire Safety Practices

The Construction Fire Safety Practices website was developed by a cooperative effort of the American Wood Council and Fireforceone. It has been assembled to improve upon fire safety in buildings under construction. 

 

Wood Dust Consultants Directory

To assist wood products companies in identifying consultants that provide services on combustible dust, AWC has assembled a directory of Wood Dust Consultants

 

Partial Sprinklering

Guide for partial sprinklering of unfinished basement areas 
This guide is intended to aid in the design and installation of partial sprinkler protection in unfinished basement areas permitted in the 2012 International Residential Code R501.3, Exception 1.

 
Mass Timber

Mass timber is a category of framing often using large panelized solid wood construction including cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT), dowel-laminated timber (DLT), and glued laminated timber (glulam) panels for floor and wall framing.

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Misinformation About Fire Safety is Dangerous

Fire is a danger for all buildings and construction sites – regardless of building material. Fires start in the contents and furnishings we bring into our homes, and occur in concrete, steel, masonry, and wood buildings alike. What is most important is building to code to ensure safe buildings for occupants and first responders.

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Mass Timber Fire Testing

ATF Fire Tests

A team of fire experts from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) working alongside scientists from the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory put identically furnished, multistory, one-bedroom apartments constructed of exposed, partially exposed, and unexposed (protected) five-ply cross-laminated timber (CLT) through a series of rigorously monitored fire tests.

Learn more about these tests in support of tall wood buildings.

 
Firefighter Resources

The Woodaware website provides awareness level information to the fire service on traditional and modern wood products used in residential construction. A Pictorial Guide provides a walk-through of modern wood construction and products.

Fire Safety Facts

Get the Facts on Wood Multifamily Construction & Fire Safety

Some in the design community have been contacted with a "report" that includes inaccurate claims about wood. While its bias toward competitive materials and goal of attacking wood is clear, it has nevertheless generated questions and requests for clarification. We correct the inaccurate competitive claims here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 
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