Arup, D.R. Johnson, MyTiCon and the Softwood Lumber Board partnered to complete three full-scale fire tests for glulam beam to column connectors. The fire tests were loaded to simulate typical building conditions. The testing is a significant milestone for the industry for a few key reasons:
- All connectors passed and achieved at least a 1-hour fire resistance rating (FRR), allowing them to be used in buildings up to 85-feet in height.
- The findings allow architects, designers and engineers to specify the tested connection assemblies and satisfy the requirements of the International Building Code (IBC).
- Approval by an authority having jurisdiction will therefore be easier for future building projects using mass timber.
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