Investing in testing and research to support our members and educate the wider construction industry

As part of our continuous development programme, we undertake product fire testing on behalf of our membership and also support members with their own fire testing programmes.

To support members and as part of its continuous development programme, the STA has collaborated with various industry specialists to produce new fire research on timber frame systems and mass timber to give confidence and certainty to clients wishing to specify structural timber for their projects. We have worked with BE-ST (Built Environment – Smarter Transformation) formerly Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), the University of Edinburgh, and BRE to produce various research reports and we are also able to form special interest groups to address specific research and testing requirements. 

The timber industry (Swedish Wood, Timber Development UK, and Structural Timber Association) has recently launched a comprehensive new fire safety website: Fire Safety. Wood in Construction. Providing a verified introduction to timber and fire safety, the new website aims to give users a single point of access to information and guidance and is designed for all construction professionals.


Fire Research

The STA Special Interest Group and leading CLT manufacturers have undertaken a programme of fire performance experiments to provide test-based evidence of behaviour. The findings will enable specifiers and the market to use CLT, fully assured it is a safe building material.



Fire Safety In Use Guidance

With an objective to enhance quality and drive product innovation through technical guidance and research, the STA has produced fire safety in use guidance for timber frame buildings. The output of this research is a pattern book of EN tested systems and a guidance document on cavity barriers.