Codes and Wood Products
Keywords:National Forest Products Association, building codes, model codes, wood construction, automatic fire suppression systems, fire protection
AbstractBackground on the National Forest Products Association is provided with emphasis on their role in helping to achieve equitable use of wood products. The NFPA is interested in building code requirements that state where and how wood products can be utilized in building construction. With the realization that structural components themselves are not a fire hazard, a positive trend involving expanded use of wood products has appeared. The use of the automatic fire suppression system has allowed additional height and area in buildings along with increased use of wood products in building construction. Although the need for a uniform building code is recognized, its jurisdiction should remain local in scope rather than regulated by the federal government.
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