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Posted by  Stephen on August 13, 2003 at 15:16:47:

In Reply to:  Safe building structures posted by Douglas Ovitt Adams on July 31, 2003 at 01:29:32:

Eh, when you say that today's fireproofing methods are inadequate - just what are you referring to? I was in the fireproofing industry for 13 years and although the technology LOOKS the same rest assured that it's NOT the same as it was 10, 20 or 100 years ago. Sure the core elements and ingredients are relatively unchanged but there are more and more uses of other technologies in the materials to further protect structures.

The Petronas Towers in KL used HS concrete throughout the core but still used steel framing (much like a wagon wheel) throughout the entire structure which was sprayed with conventional fireproofing materials.

All that said there is a bigger issue and that is the new IBC (International Building Code) which minimized and, in some cases, eliminated SFRM (Sprayed Fire Resistive Materials) from structures.

Finally - there are other SFRM materials out there that are more 'Space Aged' however they are relatively expensive right now. That coupled with the VE (Value Engineering) out of SFRM's make it all the more difficult to market.

Please feel free to email me if you would like more information and/or resources.

--Stephen

 
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