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Fire Building Construction: Modular Issues: Set the Data Free!

By Kevin A. Gallagher It didn’t take long for this web column to be noticed by officials of the Modular Building Systems Association. The October 2013 feature ("Modular Construction: Hidden Hazards Within") was quickly responded to by the Association’s Executive Director, Tom Hardiman, by a letter to the editor of Fire Engineering. The good folks at Fire Engineering allowed me to write a response, and both documents were published in the magazine’s December 2013 issue, found HERE. The issue is quite simple: On one side—me—is the belief that certain construction techniques used in prefabricated (modular) construction behave poorly under fire conditions. On the other side—Hardiman...

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