What Is Fireproof?

Issue 17 and Volume 51.

What Is Fireproof? An agitation of the subject of saving our created resources is not complete without directing effort to the determination of the properties of building materials by some medium through which can be formed an absolutely impartial judgment. When the committee or commission that may be formulating the building code of a city or state is pursuing its work, they are throughout their deliberations besieged and besought by salesmen and representatives of the various manufacturers of building materials, each with his evidence all built up to convince one that his material should be given preference, or at least a recognition, and this a competitor may later dispute. This competitor will apparently have a case as strong as his rival—and so the “merry war” goes on; but the men who are building the code are confused and often, with all integrity back of their conclusions, will take action that…

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