WCTE2023: Post-Fire Decay and Cooling Phase Behaviour Paper

Thu 22 Jun 23


Almost 900 delegates from 40 countries – including 41 Australians are in Oslo, Norway, for World Conference on Timber Engineering.

During WCTE2023, more than 600 papers and poster presentations will be given, sharing knowledge in areas such as timber engineering, research, codes of practice, building regulations and legislation, new construction practices, and the future trends of bio-based sustainable and circular building material use in construction.

Australia has the largest contingent at the conference – 41 attendees in total – including Professor Keith Crews who will provide a keynote presentation tomorrow.

I am in Oslo to deliver a paper on “Fire-Protected Timber Elements of Construction – Response During Fire Decay and Cooling Phase.”

The FWPA was primarily responsible for achieving a change to Australia’s building code to enable the construction of (typically) eight-storey fire-protected timber buildings for all types of uses, from apartments to hospitals. 

In support of this code change, research was undertaken to investigate the post-fire decay and cooling phase behaviour of lightweight structural timber-frame or massive fire-protected timber elements for which there is currently limited research and publicly available data. 

The FWPA undertakes such activities to benefit and expand the use of all timber products Australia.

The next WCTE will be held in Brisbane from June 22 to 26, 2025.

It is the firs time that Australia has hosted the conference!

Pencil these dates into your diary and log into over the coming months for further details.

Look forward to seeing you there!


  • Boris Iskra

    Boris is responsible for managing FWPA’s activities in building codes and material standards. Boris has had more than 24 years of direct involvement in the Australian forest and wood products sector and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Structural) degree and a Graduate Diploma in Building Fire Safety and Risk Engineering.


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