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What happens to mass timber glues under heat?

June 18, 2020

From the WCTE 2018 proceedings The increasing use of cross laminated timber (CLT) panels in large multi-story buildings has highlighted the structural performance of CLT in fire as a critical issue concerning life safety and serviceability. It is well-known that wood material strength decreases when exposed to elevated temperature for an extended period of time.…
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Fire losses in U.S. total 1.9% of GDP

June 12, 2020

From NCMA eNewsJune 11, 2020 According to the report Total Cost of Fire in the United States by the Fire Protection Research Foundation and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the total cost of fires in 2014 was $328.5 billion, equaling 1.9% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). While direct property loss is a relatively…
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Massive fire at wood frame construction site seen for miles

February 17, 2020

From NCMA eNewsFebruary 13, 2020 A massive fire broke out near Alexandria Saturday morning, engulfing the building in huge flames. Thick black smoke was seen for miles around the Washington DC metro area. Fairfax County Fire Chief John Butler said when fire officials arrived, there were two buildings under construction that were fully engulfed in…
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High-rise fires spur efforts to improve testing of complex systems

January 17, 2020

ICC BSJ WeeklyJanuary 16, 2020 A pair of highly anticipated reports on fire safety engineering regulations in the United Kingdom and Australia are now in the hands of code officials, who will be using the findings to develop better ways of testing materials used in exterior cladding systems on high-rise buildings. Read more.
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Code expert: Grenfell could happen in the United States

October 22, 2019

From NCMA eNews October 17, 2019 While U.S. building codes require new and renovated commercial buildings to meet fire safety standards, a code expert told AEC professionals attending the Construct conference Wednesday that a deadly fire like the one at Grenfell Tower in the U.K. two years ago isn’t out of the question in the…
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