ABSTRACT

Coffee Break Training: Building Construction: Part 1: Understanding Construction 'Types'   [open pdf - 301KB]

"The late Frank Brannigan, author of the renowned text 'Building Construction for the Fire Service', is often quoted for his famous saying, 'The building is your enemy... know your enemy.' To help you know the 'enemy,' this week's Coffee Break Training begins a series on building construction features; explaining how our modern building codes classify 'types of construction,' how to identify them, and what many building code requirements might mean to code officials and fire suppression forces. The major model building codes describe construction and establish occupancy life safety, fire protection and fire resistance requirements based on five 'types of construction.' The codes use Roman numerals I through V to classify buildings. In general, buildings that have a lower Roman numeral (I and II) are allowed to be larger and taller than those with a higher number (III-IV-V). Once you learn this building code shorthand, you will better understand how the construction codes work."

Report Number:
Coffee Break Training - Fire Protection Series No. FP-2009-45
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Date:
2009-11-10
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Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/
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pdf
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