Fire Prevention & Protection

PREPLANING BUILDING HAZARDS

Issue 12 and Volume 150.

PREPLANING BUILDING HAZARDS BY FRANCIS L. BRANNIGAN, SFPE Editor`s note: For further reference, consult Building Construction for the Fire Service (BCFS3), Third Edition. Page numbers are included after each caption for your convenience. Click here to enlarge image Click here to enlarge image Click here to enlarge image Click here to enlarge image (Top) Brick veneer walls consist of a single wythe (one vertical thickness of masonry) of brick. They aren`t load bearing and are inherently unstable. They depend entirely on the basic wall for support. The building should not be thought of as a “brick” building but as a wooden (usually), steel, or concrete (less frequently) building. At one time you could tell brick veneer from load-bearing brick masonry because every seventh course (horizontal layer) of brick was laid as headers (end exposed), whereas brick veneer was laid as all stretchers (side exposed). The development of wire trusses embedded…

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