Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber in Fire Conditions

Report Date: September 2008

UL, in collaboration with the Chicago Fire Department, Michigan State University, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, completed a fire research study to understand hazards posed to firefighters by the use of lightweight construction of wood trusses and engineered lumber in roof and floor designs. This project investigated and compared the fire performance of various construction materials and enable fire professionals to better interpret hazards and assess safety of building occupants and firefighters.

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Izydorek, Mark, Patrick Zeeveld, Matthew Samuels, and James Smyser. Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber in Fire Conditions. Northbrook, IL: Underwriters Laboratories, Inc, 2008. Print.

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