Wood Talks: Stairs – Balancing High Standards of Specification with Innovative Design


A briefing on the industry standard for manufacture and the delivery of stairs which push the boundaries in design innovation.

In this seminar run by the British Woodworking Federation, Ian Purkis, Technical Director of stair manufacturer JELD-WEN UK Ltd will explore the importance of stairs as part of a building’s structure. He will explain how the BWF’s new Timber Stair Scheme will work for domestic, common and fire-rated stairs, and introduce an inspirational example of timber stair design from E A Higginson and Company Ltd, winners of a Wood Awards Small Project Award.

Most manufacturers rely on their experience and past performance to prove that they meet the requirements. But experience cannot cover changes in materials or specifications; yet when these changes are made, manufacturers rarely offer – or are asked for – test evidence to verify them.

The situation is compounded by the fact that there is no straightforward method for Building Control or NHBC to verify that a stair has been manufactured correctly and complies with the relevant standards and building regulations.

Free to attend. Booking essential