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Lightweight Residential Construction: Collaboration Adds to Firefighter Safety

By Sean DeCraneSuccessful PassageDuring the recent International Code Council’s (ICC) Final Action Hearings in Dallas, Texas, a code change proposal requiring the protection of lightweight construction was successfully adopted into the International Residential Code (IRC). The code proposal will provide additional protection to firefighters forced to operate in one- and two-family homes with engineered lightweight structural elements. Operations in these dwellings must be initiated with great care and after conducting a risk-vs-reward assessment; but if there is a life safety issue, the protection of the lightweight structural members will provide additional safety by giving a firef...

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