Author Archives: John Shafer

Superinsulation Using Double Walls

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Most people are aware that homes built in the last 15 to 20 years have made some attempt to be energy efficient. However, there has been significant increase of builders and consumers raising the bar to achieve Superinsulation. No, ‘superinsulation’ does not have a cape, or a big S on it. It is also not […]

Looking at modern construction features in honor of Lt. Arnie Wolff

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  In this post we will honor the loss of Lt. Arnie Wolff and the sacrifice of Firefighter Jo Brinkley-Chaudoir. By examining this incident in detail, we will discover lessons that will we can share with others. Incident Summary: At 12:24 PM on August 13, 2006 the Green Bay Fire Department (GBFD) was dispatched to a building fire […]

Watch this FREE Green Building Webnair

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This webinar will cover the results of a study commissioned by the Fire Protection Research Foundation to develop a baseline of information on the intersection of “green building” design and fire safety. The study identified gaps and specific research needs associated with understanding and addressing fire risk and hazards with green building design. Instructor: Brian […]

Another Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Attic Fire

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Spray Foam has struck again! Back in September I wrote a post to raise awareness of Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) for the fire service. In this article I referenced that there had been several fires that happen during the application of  SPF. By the initial reports it is appearing that a recent mansion fire in Middlebury Connecticut […]

Going Interior? Keep the door closed until you make the push!

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While there has been much discussion about interior stream vs. exterior or transitional vs. interior fire attack. This short post isn’t about rather you should or shouldn’t. To me there is a time and place for both. However if you decide to make the push interior, door control is essential until you have a charged […]

World’s First Integrated Solar System Generates Electricity and Heat

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Originally published on Renew Economy. A small terrace house in the inner Sydney suburb of Glebe is hosting what is believed to be the world’s first building integrated solar system that generates electricity as well as heat. The array combines thin-film solar PV and solar thermal technologies into a steel sheet roofing product produced by […]

Green Building Construction Class For Fire Service Offered Worldwide

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Green building methodologies are well on their way to becoming the standard for new construction and the rehabilitation of buildings and homes. it is no longer a passing fad States, Municipalities as well as both public and private entities are reaping the benefits of going green. While these buildings have proven to be better for the environment […]

Fire Safety in Green Buildings Webinar

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              Presenter: Brian J. Meacham, Associate Professor, Fire Protection Engineering and Architectural Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute Many new commercial facilities are being designed and constructed with an objective of achieving a “green building” certification. There are many sustainable building features and products that singly or together may have an […]

Door Control for Civilians Is Nothing New!

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Have you ever heard the saying “What’s Old is New Again”? Door control has always been a major talking point in any good fire prevention program. Although some how there hasn’t been an emphasis placed on it in the last 10 years or so. Which is why I have become so passionate about it in […]

In Honor of Firefighter Mark Falkenhan, CLOSE THE DOOR!

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On the evening on January 19, 2011 Fire Fighter Mark Falkenhan lost his life while working inside a building fire. While we should try to honor all LODD, this one holds a special place in my heart because at the time of his death I was on my quest to learn more about fire behavior […]

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John Shafer

An 18 year veteran of  the fire service, and currently a Lieutenant and the Training Officer for the Greencastle Fire Department.  An Indiana regionally recognized instructor on building construction, fireground search and command management, he has traveled throughout the State of Indiana delivering specialized training programs on building construction, fireground search and firefighter safety.

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John Crabbe
Looking at modern construction features in honor of Lt. Arnie Wolff
I read the article and much is true, but where I find some issue is where the author digresses into the flow path aspect. I find that it is important to note that while smoke did fill the floor, the fire itself was located in an area with no windows, a single door (which FF…
2014-09-15 16:20:57
John Shafer
Fire Safety Challenges of Green Buildings Report
I you have questions you can email me at greenmaltese@gmail.com Thanks John Shafer
2014-09-01 17:41:22
sandeep
Fire Safety Challenges of Green Buildings Report
i am doing bachelors degree in bulding technologies in final year currently iam doing my project "fire fighting systems for green buildings" so i need your valuble guidence and references.iam very thankful to you if you can do....
2014-09-01 16:26:36
Another Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Attic Fire | Green Maltese
Spray Foam Basics for the Fire Service
[…] in September I wrote a post to raise awareness of Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) for the fire service. In this article I […]
2014-07-27 00:20:14
Shan Raffel
Going Interior? Keep the door closed until you make the push!
Nicely analysed John. Notice at 3.02 that the flame issuing from the front windows was right down to the bottom of the opening indicating that these were all functioning as exhaust outlets. Which means that there must be other openings that are serving as the inlets on side B,C,D. The front door showed a bi-directional…
2014-07-01 03:12:55

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