One of the features of recent residential construction is the "great room" with a large floor area.

12/01/1999
Preplanning Building Hazards FRANCIS L. BRANNIGAN,SFPE (FELLOW) Editor`s note: For further reference, consult Building Construction for the Fire Service, Third Edition (BCFS3). Page numbers, where applicable, are included after the caption. Click here to enlarge imageOne of the features of recent residential construction is the "great room" with a large floor area. The clear area may be achieved by a lumberyard of trusses, as seen here. How many fire-vulnerable gusset plate connectors do you think are in this photo? The failure of one gusset plate may cause total collapse by overloading connections near failure (as discussed in Preplanning Building Hazards, December 1...

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