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Building Construction Concerns for Firefighters: Remodeling Older Buildings

Article and photos by Gregory Havel Older buildings have almost always been remodeled at least once. A building that is more than 100 years old has probably been remodeled several times, to accommodate the changing needs of the building’s occupants and permit the installation of utilities and conveniences as they became available. These utilities and conveniences include indoor plumbing, city water, central heating, insulation, electricity, telephones, air conditioning, TV and data cable, solar and wind power generators, and heat recovery. This new century and its new technology will surely prompt additional remodeling. Photo 1 (above) shows a building of Type III (ordinary, or brick and...

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