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Growing construction industry stands to benefit from fire safety

Growing construction industry stands to benefit from fire safety

Growing construction industry stands to benefit from fire safety

With the construction industry picking up, it is important that contractors be able to ensure safety measures both during and after the completion of the project.

Construction safety does not end with the conclusion of the job – it also means ensuring a safe structure for years to come. There are a number of hazards that could potentially harm a building that all demand the proper hardware be used. Flooding and storm damage can be a major cause of concern, especially in certain areas of the country.

Another major hazard can be fire. Buildings are required to implement sprinkler, smoke detection and alarm systems, but it is also important that contractors use materials that can help improve resistance to these kinds of events so as to mitigate the damage inflicted to these buildings.

Constructing wood frames
There is a variety of ways that these concerns can be addressed. For instance, the materials that are used in the construction of wood frames are a major area that needs attention.

According to Fire Engineering, the National Fire Protection Association has a set of standards for building construction that address a variety of aspects that can make these projects more resistant to such incidents.

Tier V of these standards has to do with the construction of wood frames, including balloon-frame, platform-frame, log cabin, post-and-frame and plank-and-beam along with a number of other variations. One of the major additions to these standards was the replacement of adhesives used in these building elements to mechanical fasteners so that they may ensure safety during a fire.

A growing need
It is important that strong attention be paid to these standards as McGraw Hill Construction anticipates that the construction industry will likely see growth in the coming years. According to its Construction Outlook, project starts are expected to grow during 2014 by about 9 percent for a total of $555.3 billion.

With this increase in projects, it is important that these standards are adhered to make sure that these new projects will be able to last over the coming years. This means that it is important to make sure strong and durable materials are used in compliance with these fire standards.

Other codes that can ensure structural integrity and construction safety should also be observed, to make sure that all involved parties are being protected in each phase of the building's lifespan.