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Expanding Use of Plastic Insulation

Expanding Use of Plastic Insulation

Foam Sheathing Makers Gain Major Success at ICC Code Hearing By Approval of Proposal Expanding Use of Plastic Insulation The Foam Sheathing Committee (FSC) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), through an industry effort, achieved an important change in gaining broad acceptance of a performance-based standard for the use of foam insulation products in all code […]

Mass Timber and Wood Framing

Mass Timber and Wood Framing

Mass Timber and Wood Framing New and traditional approaches reduce cost and meet code for mid-rise construction Article From: Aritectural Record Continuing Education Center HERE  (All rights reserved) Mid-rise construction is becoming increasingly popular as a means of boosting densification, containing urban sprawl, and respecting infrastructure limits while maintaining neighborhood charm and community appeal. Multi-family construction […]

Multi-Story Wood Construction Insights

Multi-Story Wood Construction Insights

Multi-Story Wood Construction Article From: Aritectural Record Continuing Education Center HERE  (All rights reserved) Fire Officers and Commanders need to have new insights into the emerging technologies and construction techniques allowed by the model building codes. This becomes increasingly important in the urban setting due to construction density considerations and ecomomics. Multi-Story Wood Construction Insights and […]

Engineering Ground Zero

Engineering Ground Zero

To commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presented  an epic story of engineering, innovation, and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, “Engineering Ground Zero” follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial […]

Great Buildings Listings and Links

Great Buildings Listings and Links

More than 1000 great buildings from around the world and across history are listed below and illustrated on this web site and the Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM, with photographic images, architectural drawings, discussion, bibliography, architect info, and live 3D walkthrough computer models.H O M E   —   B U I L D I […]

High-rise fires cause quarter billion dollars of property damage a year

High-rise fires cause quarter billion dollars of property damage a year

High Rise Fire Operations High-rise fires cause quarter billion dollars of property damage a year    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reporting that in 2005-2009, there were an average of 15,700 reported structure fires in high-rise buildings per year with an associated $235 million in direct property damage. The report, “High-Rise Building Fires,” (PDF, 499 KB) cites […]

Woonsocket (RI) Eight Alarm Mill Fire: Caused by Welding

Woonsocket (RI) Eight Alarm Mill Fire: Caused by Welding

A 112-year-old building, once the home of the Woonsocket Rubber Co., a firm that made decoy tanks for the D-Day invasion in World War II and later manufactured Keds sneakers, was destroyed Tuesday night by a spectacular fire. Smoke from the blaze could be seen as far away as Providence.Fire Chief Gary Lataille said 10 […]

Chesapeake (VA) Auto Parts Store Roof Collapse Double LODD 1996

Chesapeake (VA) Auto Parts Store Roof Collapse Double LODD 1996

OVERVIEW Fifteen years ago, on March 18, 1996, two firefighters were killed in Chesapeake, Virginia when they became trapped by a rapidly spreading fire in an auto parts store and a pre-engineered wood truss roof assembly collapsed on them. The cause of the fire was an electrical short created when a power company truck working […]

Los Angeles firefighter dies of injuries

Los Angeles firefighter dies of injuries

Los Angeles firefighter dies of injuries   Glenn Allen, a veteran of more than 36 years with the LAFD, was to have retired in less than two years. ( Associated Press / February 18, 2011 ) Glenn Allen died Friday of injuries suffered Wednesday in a Hollywood Hills blaze. When rescuers found him beneath debris, he was […]

Safety rule sparked by Acushnet (MA) Fire takes effect

Safety rule sparked by Acushnet (MA) Fire takes effect

Exactly three years after an Acushnet modular home burned to the ground, a new safety rule that was sparked by the blaze is now in effect. On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards voted unanimously to require that builders use mechanical fasteners (such as nails, screws and staples) rather than just adhesive […]

Modular Construction and Operational Impacts

Modular Construction and Operational Impacts

  Modular homes are built using an engineered approach to produce buildings in a more efficient and cost effect method that can deliver lower home prices per square foot. Instead of the traditional stick-built, on-site construction methods, most of the work is pre-fabricated at an off-site climate controlled factory. As each sub-section is finished it […]

Shoddy Construction in a Modular Home?

Shoddy Construction in a Modular Home?

Shoddy construction in a modular home? Fewer inspections for modular homes questioned Mike Beaudet(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) Ron Chasse’s modular home in West Boylston looks great from the outside, but Chasse says he was shocked to find out what lay hidden inside the walls. “I’ve seen storage sheds that are built better than this. Honestly,” […]

Modular Home Construction to Change

Modular Home Construction to Change

Modular Home Construction to Change BOSTON (FOX25 / MyFoxBoston.com) Updated: Saturday, 22 May 2010, 5:05 PM EDT Published : Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010, 10:56 PM EDT Acting weeks after a FOX Undercover investigation raising questions about fire safety and modular homes, the board that sets the Massachusetts building code voted today to change the way […]

Modular Homes: Built to Burn?

Modular Homes: Built to Burn?

Modular Homes: Built to Burn? Mike Beaudet MyFoxBOSTON.com After six people barely escaped from a fast-moving fire that destroyed their modular home, the fire chief who fought that fire wants changes in the way modular homes are built, saying the construction methods used for these pre-fabricated homes can make fires burn much bigger and faster […]

Attic Fires in Residential Buildings Report

Attic Fires in Residential Buildings Report

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has recently issued a special report examining the characteristics of Attic Fires in Residential Buildings (PDF, 884 Kb). Developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center, the report is based on 2006 to 2008 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). According to the report:  […]