February 19, 2014: Treated Wood Products

  • February 19, 2014
  • 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
  • DoubleTree Hotel - Westminster, CO


  • Registration rate for Authorities Having Jurisdiction (e.g., building officials, fire officials, inspectors, etc.)
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  • This is the rate for attendees who are not members of SFPE-RMC. [Note that membership in the Chapter is only $25 for the year ($15 for SFPE organization members). If you plan to attend more than one Chapter meeting, Chapter Membership pays for itself quickly!]
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Treated Wood Products


Program Overview: This session is a discussion of fire-retardant-treated wood technical characteristics and building code related applications.  Emphasis is placed on the testing and labeling required by the International Building Code.


The building code, as with many products, regulates the use of wood in construction.  Two broad categories separate materials: combustible and noncombustible.  Codes limit the applications of combustible materials on the basis of fire and life safety.


The question is then, are there options available to using wood in lieu of a combustible material.  Fire-Retardant-Treated Wood (FRTW) provides that option.  Codes recognize FRTW for many applications where a noncombustible material is man-dated.  A few applications allow FRTW in lieu of one-hour ratings.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand why wood is green (SD);
  • Understanding what is FRTW;
  • Why it is allowed in noncombustible construction;
  • What products are available;
  • How to identify FRTW;
  • Product labeling;
  • Uses allowed in the building code; and,
  • Insurance recognition


Presenter:  Dave Bueche, PH.D.


Dave Bueche has more than 30 years of experience in academia and industry.  He currently serves on ASTM and NFPA Commit­tees that develop standards on the performance of materials in fire and in building construc­tion, and is a member of the International Code Council and the Society for Wood Science and Technology.

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