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Tag Archives: fire safety

Grizzlies, wilderness and a fire-resistant concrete block home

June 18, 2019

From NCMA eNewsJune 13, 2019 Molly Shepherd can easily recount the devastating 2003 fire. It was one she said that quickly became a watershed moment for many people with properties in the remote, wild and achingly beautiful territory along the North Fork of the Flathead River in Montana -- a habitat they share with grizzly…
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Firefighters show just how fast new wood homes burn

June 10, 2019

From NCMA eNewsJune 13, 2019 Despite advancements in technology and stricter building codes, firefighters are sounding the alarm about how fast it takes a newly constructed wood home to burn down in a fire. The primary culprits? Two main components: engineered I-joists and oriented strand boards (OSBs). They're both made in part from wood chips…
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Local Iowa newspaper asks if new city apartments are safe

March 22, 2019

From NCMA eNewsMarch 21, 2019 Anna Banarjee, a columnist for the Daily Iowan -- a news outlet that's been covering Iowa City, Iowa since the late 1800s -- asks if her city's new apartment buildings are safe in the light of a recent Bloomberg article and the controversial trend of "cheap stick framing." To read…
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Why America’s new apartment buildings all look the same

March 6, 2019

NCMA eNewsFebruary 21, 2019 A recent article investigates apartment construction in the United States, and identifies that "cheap stick framing has led to the proliferation of blocky, forgettable mid-rises -- and more from construction fires." The article traces the movement in this construction type throughout the twentieth century, which increased significantly after the year 2000,…
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