Information On Truss Fire Issues


I am trying to develop a guideline for my firefighters regarding initial fire attack in buildings with light-weight trusses. My concern is truss failure, especially when exposed to fire. Is there any information on failure time related to flame impingement? Any information about truss failure – especially in a fire condition would be helpful.


The best information on this subject is the National Fire Protection Research Foundation’s “National Engineered Lightweight Fire Research Project” report. This is a 320-page analysis of exactly your issue. Additional information on this topic is available from SBCA, the Carbeck Structural Components Institute and the Houston Fire Department. If you’re interested in setting up an educational presentation on this topic for a group in your area, contact SBCA.

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