American Wood Council releases construction fire best practice manuals, website

The manuals provide information on preventing, reducing fire losses in buildings under construction.

February 08, 2016 |
American Wood Council releases construction fire best practice manuals, website

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The American Wood Council (AWC) 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. 

A series of three manuals were developed in a cooperative effort between AWC and FireforceOne, a consulting firm led by a former California State Fire Marshall Ronny Coleman.

“The trend and pattern of these types of fires show an increasing percentage are resulting in large financial losses. Our research into the causes and outcomes of these fires point to the need for more construction-site accountability and enforcement of existing fire and building codes in order to minimize the risks,” said AWC President & CEO Robert Glowinski.

“We strongly encourage planners, developers and builders to use these materials with their employees, staff and subcontractors to increase fire safety at large building construction sites,” Coleman said. The manuals are available for free download here.

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