In November 2004, the directive for fire safety requirements on high fire resistant structural components in timber frame construction (M-HFHHolzR) was finalised after a five year formulation period. Some federal states e.g. Hessen have already adopted this new directive. The practicality of this new directive has proven itself as evidenced by the increasing number of buildings being constructed compliant with it .The key success factor is the synergistic collaboration of a team of scientists from a wide range of disciplines and various research instituitions, cutting across concepts and addresses issues pertinent to end-users and architects .The team formulated requirements for wooden structural components deduced from the fire performance and the flue gas transition. This paper describes the practical problems of multi-storey wooden buildings. It presents solutions through compensations which guarantee the mandatory safety level despite significant deviations from the building codes. It presents ways in which such solutions can apply on the basis of the safety of a four storey housing area.