Why Is Everyone Talking About Wood Construction?

The current construction boom involving both natural timber as well as engineered wood products is currently revolutionizing the industry. Today, thousands of projects using wood framing are going up all over the United States. Many of these projects would not be built if it weren’t for composite wood framing, which typically cost a considerable amount less when compared to traditional construction materials.

Despite the success of the current construction boom, multiple large-scale fires have cast a national spotlight on timber construction projects. In a recent article by the Boston Globe, Easthampton Fire Chief David Mottor, president of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts said “ninety percent of these buildings go up every day and nothing happens. It’s during construction before the sprinkler system is activated when they are most dangerous.”

The dangers associated with construction and renovation fires has fueled a recent dialogue to address the challenges with detecting fires within this environment. Local fire marshals (AHJs), insurance companies, building owners, and designers have driven this dialogue toward NFPA codes. While NFPA 72 has historically been the most referenced code, NFPA 241 is the Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations. The intent of this code is to ensure that fire safety standards are maintained throughout the building process. It requires building owners to create a construction fire safety program and designate a fire prevention manager to oversee all preventative efforts during the various construction phases.

As enforcement of NFPA 241 by AHJs and fire marshals continues to gain momentum, Protectowire has experienced a significant increase in inquiries from developers, insurance companies, and designers regarding our linear heat detectors and how they can be utilized to effectively meet the intent of the code.

For new or renovation construction, our Confirmed Temperature Initiation (CTI) Series Linear Heat Detector provides both a dependable and cost-effective method to meet the requirements of NFPA-241. Coupled with the CTM-530 interface module, the CTI Series Detector is unique in that it is an advanced multi-criteria detector capable of distinguishing between short circuits and true alarm conditions. Construction sites are highly dynamic in nature and can change dramatically from one day to the next. Being able to accommodate these constant changes with multi-criteria detection helps minimizes the chances of a false alarm due to physical damage. In the case of a true fire condition, the CTM-530 module will display the location of the overheat or fire condition at any point along the length of the active linear heat detector.

Whether it’s a modest renovation project or new construction, Protectowire has the solution to meet your detection needs.  Contact us today to learn more.



Kay Lazar – Reporter and Shelley Murphy – Reporter


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