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Building Performance Awareness of Modern Construction during Fires

Project Objective

To create a safer operational environment for firefighters by increasing awareness about the performance of modern construction components and technology during fires.

Project Summary

In partnership with the U.S. Fire Administration, the American Wood Council (AWC) provides a web-based educational program for the fire service on modern construction components and technology. The web-based program consists of:

About AWC

AWC is the national trade association representing the majority of wood products produced in the U.S. It serves as an international resource and clearinghouse for technical information and expertise on wood products and performance. For this project, AWC provided significant and beneficial technical outreach on critical safety issues related to the performance of these products.

Structural Collapse Prediction Technology Research

As part of a larger research program to help reduce firefighter injuries and fatalities, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) funded the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to examine the feasibility of predicting structural collapse and determine if there were any trends and/or patterns that could be detected in firefighter fatalities due to structural collapse. If so, these trends could be brought immediately to the attention of training officers and incident commanders and investigated further to determine probable causes.

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