The American Wood Council released three manuals and a website designed to inform developers, local building departments and fire departments on how to prevent and reduce fire losses in buildings under construction. The website can be found at: www.ConstructionFireSafetyPractices.com.
A series of three manuals were developed in a cooperative effort between AWC and FireforceOne, a consulting firm led by former California State Fire Marshall Ronny Coleman. The manuals are:
- Basic Fire Precautions during Construction of Large Buildings — applies to the design and planning stages, as well as the actual construction of buildings.
- Hot Work during Construction of Large Buildings — describes best management practices of hot work, which is likely to reduce the occurrence of large loss fires more than any other specific topic with buildings under construction.
- Fire Department's Role in Prevention and Suppression of Fires during Construction of Large Buildings — outlines pre-fire planning for large building projects, and prepares tactics and strategy for a fire if it occurs.
The manuals are available for free download at: www.ConstrctionFireSafetyPractices.com.
One of the tallest wood buildings in the world will soon be constructed at the University of British Columbia in Canada, providing housing for hundreds of students. When completed, the $51.5-million residence building will stand 53 metres tall (about 174 feet). The tall wood building will consist of a mass timber superstructure atop a concrete base. UBC aims for the building to achieve a minimum LEED Gold certification, a rating system that evaluates how environmentally friendly a structure is in its design and energy use.
On March 29, 2016, the first cross-laminated timber (CLT) hotel in the United States opened in Huntsville, Alabama. The Candlewood Suites on Redstone Arsenal is a four-story, 62,688 square foot structure with 92 guest rooms, and features 1,200 CLT wall panels and 200,000 CLT fasteners.
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Date: June 8 2016
Time: 10:00am PST, 1:00pm EST
User-friendly product transparency and life cycle assessment tools facilitate exploration of design alternatives and lead to environmentally better buildings, while freeing design and engineering teams from adherence to long lists of prescriptive provisions. Two of these tools, Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs), are being used to improve environmental impacts and occupant environment. This presentation will provide an overview of these tools, including what goes into their development, what they reveal, and how to use them effectively. Opportunities for applying EPDs, HPDs and LCA provisions within LEED v. 4, Green Globes and other green building standards will also be explored.
Speaker: Dr. Jim Bowyer, Dovetail Partners, Inc., Bowyer & Associates, Inc.
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On June 8th, the Architectural Record Innovation Conference is happening in San Francisco. At this year’s conference, Architectural Record brings together key figures who have generated a range of imaginative solutions for the built world today and for the future. From architects practicing outside the discipline to principals of large firms to materials experts and graphic designers, the event’s participants represent different approaches to original problem solving in a rapidly changing world.
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