June 30, 2009 —The latest issue of NFPA Journal, the official magazine of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), explores the issues surrounding lightweight construction in the face of fire.
Based on recent studies, the widespread use of lightweight construction in homes is a source of severe danger when it comes to withstanding fires. The otherwise highly effective strength of lightweight structures has proven to have a much faster failure rate than traditional lumber structures when burning, a grave concern for homes and first responders.
NFPA Journal’s July/August 2009 issue also includes the following features:
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