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California towns rebuild after wildfires with resilience in mind

August 26, 2020

From NCMA eNewsAugust 20, 2020 Given that new wildfires are happening in the West, we are looking back at this story from last year. The story highlights efforts to rebuild following wildfires using more resilient construction. These efforts include building hardening structures to meet California’s wildfire-urban interface building code, which requires fire-resistant materials and reduced…
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Masonry leading construction in remote Saskatchewan regions

August 26, 2020

From NCMA eNewsAugust 20, 2020 At the end of June, Saskatchewan architect Heney Klypak of Wallace Klypak Architects Ltd. was called to a remote First Nations reserve to examine fire damage in a school’s change room caused by an electrical short in a vanity light. The damage was melted plastic, scorching to the laminate and…
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Massive light-frame fire destroys waterfront apartments under construction

August 4, 2020

From NCMA eNewsJuly 30, 2020 A massive 4-alarm fire tore through a waterfront apartment complex under construction in Everett, WA Thursday, creating a raging inferno that damaged two homes up a nearby hill and partially burning an ambulance and fire truck that had responded to the scene. Gusty winds then blew the flames and burning…
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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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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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