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Timber Proposal Raises Fire Service Concerns

July 3, 2019

From TMS Sustainability E-NewsJune 30, 2019 The newly-passed “Tall Mass Timber” code additions to the International Building Code (IBC) 2021 Edition have raised fire safety concerns -- primarily in regards to fire service access. Fighting fires beyond the reach of the tallest aerial apparatuses, fire pump, sprinkler dependency, and more are among the vital questions.…
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How Sustainable Is Mass Timber Construction?

July 3, 2019

From TMS Sustainability E-NewsJune 30, 2019 As the industry looks to reduce carbon emissions, mass timber is gaining popularity. But questions, including how sustainable the new material is, especially how much CO2 the logging, manufacturing and transportation of wood products emits, can lead to perplexing answers on all sides. Read more.
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NYC to introduce bill to ban new glass skyscrapers

June 1, 2019

From TMS Sustainability E-NewsVolume 11, Number 10May 31, 2019 In a bid to curb New York City's greenhouse emissions by 30%, Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to introduce legislation to ban construction of new glass skyscrapers and require existing glass buildings to be retrofitted based on more stringent guidelines. The plan also calls for powering…
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Florida home contractor uses concrete for hurricane resiliency

June 1, 2019

From TMS Sustainability E-NewsVolume 11, Number 10May 31, 2019 Delray Beach, Fla.-based Akel Homes offers homes constructed from concrete block to comply with the Florida Building Code requirements for hurricane resistance. The homes also include energy-efficient features and impact-rated windows so "form and function are in complete equilibrium," co-President Alexander Akel says in this article.
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