Fire Safety Challenges of Timber Buildings – The program of the SZPV & CFPA Europe conference (Wednesday, September 15th, 2021)

About the Conference

It is estimated that globally, two billion square meters of new building stock are needed every year between now and 2025, especially for housing. Global carbon dioxide emissions have increased by almost 50% since 1990, and as it is seen, in the search for sustainable development, timber buildings seem to take precedence. In addition to environmental friendliness, timber buildings pose some additional risks, such as fire safety.

The online conference will bring together a multidisciplinary group of leading engineers and researchers in the domain of fire risk assessment, building design, and construction. Agenda topics will include design objectives, practical experiences, and research. The conference will provide time for facilitated discussion and dialogue.

Conference fee and registration: 50 € plus VAT, Register today:

Conference program

09.45 – Registration

10.00 – 10.15: Conference Openings

  • Milan Hajduković, president of SZPV
  • Tommy Arvidsson, director of CFPA Europe

Panel 1: 10.15 – 11.00: Design Objectives for Timber buildings – Codes, guidelines, and fire risk evaluations

  • Björn Karlsson, Associate Professor, University of Iceland & CFPA Europe: Comparing the Fire Risk in a Timber Frame Building and a Concrete Frame Building – Design Strategies to diminish fire risk

11.00 – 11.10 Coffe break / Time for sponsor presentations

Panel 2: 11.10 – 12.30: Practical experiences

  • Nik Kumer, Bruno Dujič: Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) – Fire Safety depends on Details
  • Srečo Klemenčič: Fire stopping of service installations in timber fire separating elements
  • Aleš Jug: Firefighting in timber buildings
  • Nataša Knez, ZAG: Improvement of reaction to fire properties of wood by treatment with mineralization

12.30 – 12.45 Coffe break / Time for sponsor presentations

Panel 3: 12.45 – 13.30: Research and Future Steps

    • Robert Pečenko, Tomaž Hozjan (UL FGG) in Sabina Huč (UL FKKT): Fire resistance of timber structures – research and development of design methods
    • Friderik Knez, ZAG: Boosting fire research in Slovenia and South Central Europe with EU funded ERA Chair

13.30 – 14.00 Wrapping up the conference – discussion + Q&A

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