New UKTFA guidelines prompt timber frame warning

5 December 2011

Builders will need to ensure they specify the right timber frame systems to prevent fires following the publication of new industry guidelines backed by the Health& Safety Executive (HSE).

The rules, which cover separating distances for timber frame buildings during construction, have been drawn up by the UK Timer Frame Association (UKTFA) following a series of fires on city centre sites.

The organisation said that contractors will have a crucial risk management role in specifying the right systems, noting that more expensive options may often be required rather than standard open panel timber frame.

“Critically, this guidance means that timber frame can be built in any location in the UK relative to the fire risk associated with highly populated or inner city areas,” it added.

The UKTFA has worked on the guidance in partnership with the HSE, the Fire Protection Association, the Chief Fire Officers Association and the Fire Brigades Union.

It can be downloaded in full from