How to Best Use Heaters to Keep Your Crew Warm This Winter

Baby, it's cold outside - and that means you need to worry about how well your crew is doing during the coldest part of the year. Frostbite can quickly cause debilitating health problems and the extra bulk of winter gear making your crew more clumsy and prone to accidents. Among the other tools and techniques that you can put into play is using heaters to keep your crew comfortable as they work. Here are some ways to best deploy heaters this winter so your crew can keep on going through the worst of the cold.

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A Survey of Fire Rated Insulation Types

When you're trying to stay warm over the winter, there are typically two routes you can take - crank up the heat and increase the insulation of your structure. But with the nearly 1.3 million fires reported every year, how do you protect yourself against your insulation from catching fire? By using fire rated insulation. In this post, we'll take a solid look at different types of fire rated insulation and what situations they perform best.

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A Look Into Hilti's Firestop Products and Solutions

Fire is always a concern, causing drastic damage every year. In 2014 alone, the National Fire Protection Association estimated that there were 1,298,000 fires reported in the United States, responsible for 3,275 deaths, 15,775 injuries and approximately $11.6 billion in damage. Nearly half a million of those fires were structural, accounting for the large majority of deaths, injuries and damage. But how do you stop a fire in its tracks, either in a new construction or a retrofit? Hilti has been working on the answer with their Firestop products. Let's take a look at the available products and solutions.

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Are ICFs the Future of Fire-Resistant Construction?

When it comes to building a home or other construction that's fire-resistant yet affordable, concrete is the choice of the future. And insulating concrete forms, with their added layers of protection, are fast becoming the go-to choice of homeowners who want the most bang and stability for their buck. As a contractor, learning to build walls using ICFs is a necessary skill if you want to stay competitive in an increasingly greener world.

The Appeal of Concrete

Concrete is ideal as a building material because it's nearly impervious to destruction from heat and flame, withstanding a beating at temperatures up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. In this same situation, wood burns and steel warps, but concrete perseveres--good knowledge to have when you're trying to sell a new homeowner on the advantages of a concrete home.

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Firewall Assemblies

Passive fire protection is a method for preventing the spread of smoke and flames along with containing the fire at its source. It’s critical for commercial buildings, as it allows occupants the time needed to safely evacuate the building. Unlike fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems, these passive protection systems utilize fire-rated wall assemblies that have fire-resistant materials.

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How Fire Walls Will Perform in the Event of a Worst Case Scenario

There are a wide variety of different tools that are available to construction contractors, homeowners, property managers and other types of people to help stave off the devastating effects of a fire. During the construction process of a building, these resources are typically installed in the inner workings of the building itself to help them be as effective as possible. A sprinkler system that is heat activated is one strong step in the direction of safety, for example. If the temperature in a specific area or room gets too hot, sprinklers will go off in an attempt to contain and eliminate a fire while it's still in its nascent stages.

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Fire-Rated Building Materials For Commercial Structures In Boston

Cost is a chief concern among building contractors, but often, the quest for an inexpensive project leads to the creation of structures that are very susceptible to fire. Ideally, a construction project will be resistant to fire, but also limited in terms of expenses. These goals may seem impossible in conjunction, but can easily be accomplished if the following considerations are kept in mind:

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The Versatility of Versaroc

Versaroc boards are used in various construction applications. Versaroc is a strong building material that resists fire and moisture making it perfect for walls, floors, ceilings and roofs. Lightweight portability and custom fabrication make Versaroc the ideal choice for modular additions to schools, hospitals, libraries, hotels, hospitals, and many other building types. Versaroc composite strength provides a defense against weather erosion, insect infestation and other structural afflictions. Versaroc boards can also be used for making cabinets, bookcases and other interior home-design projects. As a building material, these cement bonded particle boards are highly versatile in function and application.

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Fire Treated Lumber

Fire treated lumber is used in structural building as a means of limiting fire potential. To put it simply, fire treated lumber is used to inhibit a fire from progressing, at least long enough for any individuals to escape. Therefore, knowledge of the different types of fire treated lumber is essential for any builder or contractor. There are different types of fire treatment for lumber and each one has advantages and disadvantages. 

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Learning the Basic Uses of Firestop Products

Firestop products are protection systems created from durable, fire-resistant components. Building contractors embed these mechanisms into the floor and/or wall constructions to seal-off exposed areas, including joints and openings. This is to strengthen and improve the fire-resistance structure to delay a spread of fire through the clefts.

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