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BY ALLEN B. CLARK, JR. (1) Foam building modules arrive on-site. (Photos by author.) Click here to enlarge imageAfter 20-some years of studying and teach-ing how construction affects fire spread, structural integrity, and firefighter safety, I thought I had seen just about every type of construction material. Then, recently, right in my neighborhood, up pops something new—polystyrene foam building modules. I actually discovered the material when massive amounts were delivered to the construction site (see Photo 1). (2) The split-level house before doors, windows, and roof are installed. Note the trusses. The white is the polystyrene foam-type construction blocks that will be fille...

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