WEBINAR: Enhancing the Performance of Wood-Based Products in Fire

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Date: Wednesday 24th July 2019 Time: 08.00-09.00

Venue: Online

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Fire in buildings has always been a safety critical issue. The way buildings are designed and used and the materials specified and built into the structure can save lives or put them at serious risk.Book Now

However, following the Grenfell tragedy, compliance with fire safety requirements has come under the microscope more than ever before. The Hackitt Review has identified shortcomings in the product knowledge and understanding of the technical issues surrounding fire safety and material specification throughout the supply chain. This includes poor specification and a lack of effective enforcement of those specifications.

The Wood Protection Association has developed this webinar, along with other resources, to help all in the project build supply chain to improve their understanding of how wood behaves in a fire and how to enhance that performance to comply with Building Regulations and other regulatory requirements and so ultimately to build safer buildings. This presentation is equally applicable to all involved in the specification, use and regulation of flame retardant treated wood products.

Gordon Ewbank, Chief Executive Officer, Wood Protection Association

Gordon has over 30 years of experience in the wood protection industry, both as a company director and a leading industry representative in discussions on technical standards, quality and regulatory control. Wood protection in this context encompasses protection against decay and insect attack using industrial wood preservative systems, enhanced fire performance of wood-based products through the application of flame retardant formulations and the chemical modification of wood.

During the course of his career, Gordon has represented industry at both a national and European level, including five years as Chairman of the Wood Protection Association. He continues to be actively involved in industry level developments, both as Chief Executive of the Wood Protection Association and as a private consultant.



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