BWF launches new guide on design and specification of Timber Stairs
The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Stair Scheme has launched a new guide to assist stair designers, manufacturers and building professionals involved in the design and specification of common timber stairs for the UK market.
The new ‘Design Guide 2: Common Timber Stairs’ was launched at the ‘Stair Flair with Due Care’ CPD seminar on Wednesday 3 May 2017 in London.
It is estimated that there is a fall on stairs every 90 seconds in the UK, and a further estimated 250,000 non-fatal accidents which are serious enough to merit a trip to A&E. An understanding of tiny details and dimensional limitations within the design of the stair is critical to ensuring that it is safe for all users and compliant to relevant regulations.
Critically, the rules for the manufacture and installation of common stairs are different from stairs for private dwellings and take into account other factors such as fire safety, increased loadings and accessibility for all users. The new design guide provides comprehensive industry advice and covers the minimum requirements for the manufacture of safe and well-designed common timber stairs for the UK construction market.
The launch event at the Building Centre, London featured BWF Stair Scheme Manager Hannah Mansell and structural engineer Dr Luke Whale, Managing Director of C4Ci, presenting on the key findings of the new guide, covering regulatory compliance and the design of safe timber stairs for communal settings such as blocks of flats or non-domestic buildings.
‘Design Guide 2: Common Timber Stairs’ is available to download on the BWF Stair Scheme Website at: www.bwfstairscheme.org.uk/stair-design
[In the picture on the left: BWF Stair Scheme manager Hannah Mansell and structural engineer Dr Luke Whale, managing director of C4Ci]