A troubling question being raised today is whether wall assemblies that pass NFPA 285 are actually safe enough. This article explores the effectiveness of the standard as it applies to U.S. construction.
As jurisdictions around the country begin to look at updating their local building codes, Component Manufacturers should make sure that their local jurisdictions are aware of an error that exists in the 2018 IBC regarding special inspections of metal plate connected wood trusses.
While this article addresses one approach to effective air sealing, a number of effective approaches to air- and water-sealing windows installed over exterior foam sheathing (very complicated by today’s standards) are outlined in step-by-step guides on continuousinsulation.org.
Designers worldwide are asking whether MCM material, or any wall cladding assemblies containing combustible material, should continue to be used on high-rise construction. Before any type of judgment is made, let’s review the facts behind the building fires that have been reported.
A Building Research Establishment (BRE) report summarizing the investigation into the deadly Grenfell Tower fire last year in London has been leaked, and several causes for the tragedy were identified. Each of the following excerpts from the report are linked to the online report.