Baltimore’s New Building Ordinance.

Baltimore’s New Building Ordinance.

From the new building law which was recently adopted at Baltimore, Md., the following points are abstracted as of especial interest:

Sections 39, 40 and 41 provide that warehouses over two stories or twenty-five feet high shall have fireproof doors or shutters on every window and entrance not on the street. They are to be hung independent of the woodwork. They are to be closed at the end of the business day. All above the first floor are to he made so that they can be opened from the outside. This is not to apply to Government bonded warehouses or fruit storage-houses.

Section 43. Joints of chimneys shall be struck smooth inside and plastered outside below the roof at concealed points; firebacks of fireplaces shall be at least eight inches thick. Flues shall go four feet above the roof; none to have less than sixtyfour square inches o{ space.

Section 44. Flues ate to be left smooth inside.

Section 45. Flues, pipes or boxes of a single thickness of metal shall not lie allowed for conveying heated air unless built in a wall or separated an inch from a second pipe.

Section 46. Wood shall not be placed against flues or metal heat-pipes. No air.flue shall be used as a smoke flue. Brick or other flues for heated air must he plastered with incombustible material before woodwork may be placed against it.

Sections 47 to 54 regulate the erection of chimneys and hearths, the precautions against fire from smoke-pipes, hot-air registers and furnaces, thfe manner of letting gas. water and other pipes into joists and the placing of timbers near flues.

Sections 57. 58 59 and 60 relate to the posting of the safe storage weights of warehouse floors or of columns. Section 6J governs the construction of buildings where masonry walls, with iron beams and columns, are used in the interior.“

Sections 62 and 63 provide for fireproof roofing and means of exit through the roof.

Sections 75 to 79 provide for escape from upper stories and egress from public buildings in case of fire.

AN UNSAFE WORLD’S FAIR BUILDING.-A dispatch from Chicago says : “ One more building of the World’s Fair has been condemned by the architects as being unsafe. This is the building for the electricity display. The engineers in Chief Burnham’s office have been going over the estimates of the strains of the building, and have discovered that all the timbers have been subjected to a W’eight beyond their capacity, and that the foundations are not strong enough. While the engineers have not finished their work, they have gone far enough to show that $75,000 must be spent in strengthening the building in order to make it absolutely safe. The electricity building was the last of the great buildings to be overhauled by Chief Burnham. Architects Van Brunt & Howe of Kansas City have the contract for the building.”

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