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Smart Shear Walls

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The construction industry began using pre-manufactured components and lightweight construction methods  over 50 years ago in order to improve the efficiency of the construction process and to reduce costs associated with materials. One of the major things that many firefighters have written and taught about over the years is Metal Gusset Plates. Metal gusset plates […]

Firefighters Shocked By Rooftop Solar Panels While Fighting House Fire

Video SF Firefighters Shocked By Rooftop Solar Panels While Fighting Fire « CBS San Francisco  SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Two firefighters were shocked, apparently by a rooftop solar panel, while trying to extinguish a one-alarm fire at a home in San Francisco’s Bayview District Wednesday afternoon, a fire department spokeswoman said. One of the […]

CLOSED Bedroom Doors Allowed for 4 to be Rescued in Columbus Ohio

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Once again CLOSED doors a calm dispatcher and good brothers and sisters made a rescue from a fire that destroyed a house in Ohio. News report source Columbus Dispatch. Dispatch Audio: Groveport Road Fire Video:   By Earl RinehartThe Columbus Dispatch  •  Monday June 1, 2015 8:50 PM “Please hurry!” a frantic Jessica Moore is heard early Monday […]

A CLOSED Door, Great Dispatcher, Calm Boy, and VES = Two Lives Saved!

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CLINTON, Md. (WJLA) — A 13-year-old boy who made a dramatic call to 911 and his 9-year-old sister were rescued from a house fire Sunday morning by Prince George’s County firefighters. PGFD firefighters describe the rescue of two kids from a burning Clinton house. (Photo: Jeff Goldberg/WJLA) As the boy talked with the 911 operator, […]

Maryland House fire with Solar Panels

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Firefighters from Abingdon Fire Company, The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. (Official) and Aberdeen Proving Ground FD have the Winterberry Drive fire under control (20min). One civilian male taken to a regional hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Media: Jenn will be POC for your calls. Rich/Jenn Original Source: […]

CLOSE THE DOOR for Mark Falkenhan!

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This post is in honor of Firefighter Mark Falkenhan on the forth anniversary of this tragic incident. The best way we can honor Mark is to review the lesson learned and make sure we are keeping doors closed on the fireground until fire is under control and we  also all need to make a greater effort at educating […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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