Course code MatZ5025

Credit points 7.50

Uses of Wood in Structures II

Total Hours in Course200

Number of hours for lectures30

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes30

Independent study hours140

Date of course confirmation17.02.2015

Responsible UnitInstitute of Civil Engineering and Wood Processing

Course developers

author reserch

Edgars Bukšāns

Dr. sc. ing.


Laura Ziemele

Dr. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

MatZ5024, Uses of Wood in Structures I

Course abstract

Wood is a building material widely known in Europe as the construction of public buildings elements of a component. European countries conducted a study and design of the operational experience of a comprehensive analysis led to the establishment of structural design guiding principles. Important are the basic principles of fire safety and the use of wood in the construction of the fire safety point of view. Course provides EuroClassification system and regulatory rules in Latvia and Europe, as well wood composite materials, fire characteristics and review opportunities for improvement

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge of wood as a construction material, the advantages and disadvantages of Fire perspective.
Knowledge of the timber structural and non-load bearing construction elements it uses (independent work and oral test). Skills to select appropriate materials and technology derived from the creation of a constructive solution and fire protection point of view (independent work and oral test). Competence find the best ecological and economically advantageous, as well as a correlation in terms of suitable wood design solutions (independent work and oral test)

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Fire safety - concept and theoretical background (lectures 5 hours)
2. Euroclass classification system and regulatory environment in Latvia and Europe (lectures 5 hours)
3. Reaction to fire and fire resistance (lectures 5 hours)
4. Reaction to fire classes of construction products, their characteristics (lectures 5 hours)
5. Test methods for construction products, criteria for classification of construction products (seminars and practical classes 10 hours)
6. Wood burning process and factors affecting it (lectures 5 hours)
7. Fire protection of wood composite materials (seminars and practical classes 10 hours)
8. Opportunities to improve fire safety of wood materials and structures (lectures 5 hours, seminars and practical classes 5 hours)
9. Basic principles of fire safety in buildings with structural elements of wood (seminars and practical classes 5 hours)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Independent work regarding choice of the study subject and oral test should be defended

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Independent work based on the one of the topics of study plan

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The final evaluation of the study course consists of:
independent work - 90%; oral test - 10%

Compulsory reading

1. Fire safety in timber buildings, technical guideline for Europe. SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. SP Report 2010:19.. 2010. 211 p. ISBN 978-91-86319-60-1. Pieejams
2. Brändsäkra trähus 3, Fire safe use of wood, Nordic-Baltic State of the art and guidance. SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. SP Report 2012:18, 2012. 179 p ISBN 978-91-87017-32-2.
3. Rowell R.M. Handbook of wood chemistry and wood composites. London : Taylor&Francis group, London, 2005. 487 p.
4. Timber engineering. Edited by Sven Thelandersson, Hans J. Larsen. Chichester etc.:John Wiley & Son, 2003. 446 p.

Further reading

1. Purkiss J.A. Fire safety engineering design of structure. Oxford: Elsevier Ltd, 2007. 389 p.
2. Manual for the design of timber building structures to Eurocode 5. London: Institution of Structural Engineers, TRADA, 2007. 258 p.
3. Babrauskas V. Ignition Handbook. Issaquah WA: Fire science publishers, 2003. 1116 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Holz-zentralblatt. Stuttgart. Germany: DRW-Verlags-GmbH. ISSN 0018-3792
2. Baltijas Koks: starptautisks žurnāls uzņēmīgiem cilvēkiem. Rīga: Meža Mediju centrs. ISSN 1407-6667


The study course is included in the master level program Wood Materials and Technology as specialization in the one directions realized by Forest Faculty