Skip to content

Is structural fire engineering a thing?

Event organised by ICE

27 June 2023

This event has now ended

You can catch-up on details or any broadcast and downloads here.


The structural engineering process for buildings includes robustness design. Central to this is a decision process around consequence classes which provides guidance for the engineer as to what level of robustness design should be incorporated into the building structure.

Robustness design is fundamentally, a design against a possible accidental event that, although not common place, may result in a building that is for that event unreasonable structurally unsafe for the occupants; or in structural engineering terms, disproportionate to the cause. The forgotten accident in the engineer’s vocabulary is fire.

This talk presents the background to robustness design in fire for structural timber buildings.


Martin Milner

Martin Milner

Milner Associates


Read more

Martin Milner

Martin and his team provide technical support for the Structural Timber Association. Martin is a time served chartered engineer with a breath of experience in the low-rise building sector working for the local authority, contractors, consulting engineers, test house and a product supply chain.

As a director of an RSK Group consultant engineering firm, Martin and his team specialise in the delivery of off site modular solutions, expert investigations, product design, and expertise during the construction of fire risk reviews for timber structures. Martin is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in engineering at Edinburgh Napier University, a member of the BSI Timber Design Code Committees on fire, modular and timber-related subjects, and authors technical publications for the Structural Timber Association.

Recent work has included industry advice relating to fire and timber structures.

For more information please contact:

Gordon Brown