A step-by-step guide to writing a strong specification for generic fire-retardant-treated wood (FRTW) for specifiers. The history of FRTW, how it is manufactured, and how it compares to steel, concrete, and painted/coated wood products helps create a context to better understand when to use specific products in specific situations.
The IBC is recognized as the model building code for commercial construction, which is then adopted by state and local jurisdictions. Through NFPA 285, increasing use of energy efficient continuous insulation (ci) and innovative wall assemblies places a greater emphasis on fire performance of exterior walls.
The goals of building fire safety and energy efficiency are compatible when industry stakeholders work together to ensure proper assemblies are designed, the correct materials are specified, and installers have the experience to combine the design and materials properly in the field.
On April 15, the world watched as the Notre-Dame in Paris, constructed eight centuries ago, nearly saw its end in the historic fire that devoured its roofs. Now, Belgian ecological architecture firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures (VCA) proposes a design for the cathedral that brings history, science, art, and spirituality together.
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