NSERC Alliance Project
THEME 2 – FIRE SAFETY
Project T2-2 Fire Protection and Design of Timber Connections and Members
PI: Hajiloo Hamzeh & Sam Salem
The encapsulation approach in NBCC 2020 for MT elements seeks to limit the contribution of the elements to fire growth and intensity by maintaining the surface temperature of the mass timber below its ignition temperature (Ranger et al. 2020). Also, with the increasing demand for eco-materials, there is a need to revisit the non-combustibility requirement and investigate the potential for encapsulating with materials exhibiting low-combustibility. The outcomes of this sub-project are new test data, models and guidelines related to encapsulation as a fire protection method for system design in either a prescriptive or performance-based framework.