13.04.2011

New fire regulations create opportunities for wood construction companies

Multi-storey wooden buildings are expected to multiply rapidly in Finland.

Finland’s updated fire regulations will create significant new opportunities for using wood as a construction material in new buildings and repair work. The new regulations bring Finnish fire regulations closer to international standards and come into effect on 15 April 2011.

This will provide a major boost to the development of competitive wood construction solutions in Finland and for export. Multi-storey wooden buildings are now expected to become much more widespread in Finland. The new regulations allow the construction of wooden apartment blocks up to eight storeys high.

Under the new regulations, timber weatherboards can be used on cement frame buildings up to four storeys high without an automatic water extinguishing system. An extra wooden storey can also be added on cement buildings up to seven storeys high. In wood frame buildings that are fitted with automatic water extinguishing systems, it is now also possible to use wood on interior surfaces.

Wood can also be used in the frames and weatherboards of townhouses up to four storeys high without an automatic water extinguishing system. Wood materials are also expected to become more widely used in the construction of halls.


Source: Ministry of the Environment