BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

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Types of Building Construction
• Most building codes have 5 types of
building construction.
• Many buildings include sever...
Type I: Fire Resistive
Construction
• Structural members made
of noncombustible /
limited combustible
materials.
• Constru...
Type II: Noncombustible
Construction
• Lower degree of fire resistance
than type I.
• Fire resistance rating on all
exteri...
Why is Size-up Important?

5
Type III: Ordinary Construction
• Exterior walls & structural
members of
noncombustible / limited
combustible materials.
•...
Type IV: Heavy Timber
• Exterior / interior walls
noncombustible material.
• Interior structural members
(beams, columns, ...
Type V: Frame Construction

8
Type V: Frame Construction
• Exterior and interior structural members
made of wood.
• Fire Hazards: unlimited potential fo...
10
Platform Frame

11
“Silent Flooring”

12
Poor Construction Methods

13
Fire Effects on Common
Construction Materials – Wood
• May be used in load bearing and non-load bearing
walls.
• Reaction ...
Fire Effects on Common
Construction Materials Masonry
Brick, concrete, and stonework.

•
• Commonly used for firewalls to ...
16
Fire Effects on Common
Construction Materials - Concrete
• Concrete is a mixture of portland cement, sand,
gravel and wate...
Fire Effects on Common
Construction Materials –
Reinforced Concrete

18
Fire Effects on Common
Construction Materials - Steel
• Primary use of steel is for structural
members.
• Steel is an exce...
Fire Effects on Common
Construction Materials - Steel

20
Fire Effects on Common
Construction Materials - Plastic
• Becoming integrated to replace/improve common
building materials...
Fire Effects on Common
Construction Materials - Plastic
• General Rule of Thumb when fighting fires
involving plastics…
–
...
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BREAK TIME

24
Roof Types
Three Main Types:
(a) Flat
(b) Pitched
(c) Arched

25
Occupancy Versus Type of
Construction
• Occupancy creates the fire load.
• Building codes specify building type based
on o...
Occupancy Hazards

27
Building Uses
• Ontario Fire Code and Ontario Building Code
separate buildings in groups A-F, as related to
their major us...
Building Uses
• A – Assembly
– Theatres, libraries, schools, large bars, pubs and restaurants

• B – Institutional (compel...
Firefighter Hazards:
Structure Fires
• Change in occupancy creating an unusually heavy
fire load.
• Dangerous stockpiling ...
Construction Features Assessed
During Size Up

What constructions features are
important during size-up?

31
Construction Features Assessed
During Size Up

32
Firefighter Hazards:
Structure Fires
•
•
•
•

Combustible furnishings & finishes.
Wooden floors / ceilings.
Large open spa...
Lightweight Wood or Steel Truss
Construction

=
Very Dangerous Firefighting
Conditions

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Truss Roofs

35
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Bowstring Truss!

38
Beware of the Truss!

39
Structural Collapse
• Every structure fire
has the potential for
collapse.
• Firefighters must be
aware and look for
indic...
Signs of Potential Collapse
• Prolonged exposure.(time)
• Distorted structural members.
• Fire on floors below heavy
machi...
Signs of Potential Collapse

42
Building Collapse Zone

43
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Size Up – What do you see?

45
The Back?

46
The Side?

47
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    1. 1. BUILDING CONSTRUCTION 1
    2. 2. Types of Building Construction • Most building codes have 5 types of building construction. • Many buildings include several types of construction. 2
    3. 3. Type I: Fire Resistive Construction • Structural members made of noncombustible / limited combustible materials. • Construction intended to confine fire and its byproducts to a given location. • Primary fire hazard is contents of structure. 3
    4. 4. Type II: Noncombustible Construction • Lower degree of fire resistance than type I. • Fire resistance rating on all exterior and interior load bearing walls. • May have combustible features, as materials with no fire resistance rating may be used. • Generally have flat roofs with combustible felt, insulation and roofing tar. 4
    5. 5. Why is Size-up Important? 5
    6. 6. Type III: Ordinary Construction • Exterior walls & structural members of noncombustible / limited combustible materials. • Interior members (walls, beams, floors, roof) are made of wood. • Hazards: smoke and fire spread through concealed spaces. • Fire stops to limit spread. 6
    7. 7. Type IV: Heavy Timber • Exterior / interior walls noncombustible material. • Interior structural members (beams, columns, arches, floors etc.) made of solid or laminated wood with no concealed spaces. • Found in old factories, warehouses, churches. 7
    8. 8. Type V: Frame Construction 8
    9. 9. Type V: Frame Construction • Exterior and interior structural members made of wood. • Fire Hazards: unlimited potential for fire extension, fire extension to nearby structures. • Typical residential home 9
    10. 10. 10
    11. 11. Platform Frame 11
    12. 12. “Silent Flooring” 12
    13. 13. Poor Construction Methods 13
    14. 14. Fire Effects on Common Construction Materials – Wood • May be used in load bearing and non-load bearing walls. • Reaction of wood to fire conditions is based on the size of the wood and its moisture content. • Water does not have a negative effect on wood’s structural strength. • Plywood, particle board, paneling may be highly combustible, produce toxic gases and rapidly deteriorate under fire conditions. 14
    15. 15. Fire Effects on Common Construction Materials Masonry Brick, concrete, and stonework. • • Commonly used for firewalls to separate connected structures and prevent fire spread. • May be used as load bearing or veneer. • Minimally affected by fire & high temperatures. • Mortar joints between bricks, blocks may deteriorate. (mortar mix is weakest part of wall) • Rapid cooling of masonry by water may cause cracking or spalling. 15
    16. 16. 16
    17. 17. Fire Effects on Common Construction Materials - Concrete • Concrete is a mixture of portland cement, sand, gravel and water. • Often used as a fire resistive protection for structural steel (reinforced concrete). • May crack or spall if heated, indication of damage & reduced strength. • Heating may cause bond between steel and concrete to fail. • Concrete tends to absorb and retain heat. 17
    18. 18. Fire Effects on Common Construction Materials – Reinforced Concrete 18
    19. 19. Fire Effects on Common Construction Materials - Steel • Primary use of steel is for structural members. • Steel is an excellent conductor of heat. • Steel loses strength as temperature increases • Steel structural members will elongate when heated. • Water can cool steel structural members and reduce risk of failure or collapse. 19
    20. 20. Fire Effects on Common Construction Materials - Steel 20
    21. 21. Fire Effects on Common Construction Materials - Plastic • Becoming integrated to replace/improve common building materials • Plastics are oil-based (hydrocarbons) • Two general types – Thermoplastics (melt, deform, vapourize = burns!) – Thermosets (decomposes, only burns with extreme temps) 21
    22. 22. Fire Effects on Common Construction Materials - Plastic • General Rule of Thumb when fighting fires involving plastics… – – – – Burn fast Very intense heat Dense black smoke Extremely toxic • Can resemble a Class B Fire (flammable liquids) 22
    23. 23. 23
    24. 24. BREAK TIME 24
    25. 25. Roof Types Three Main Types: (a) Flat (b) Pitched (c) Arched 25
    26. 26. Occupancy Versus Type of Construction • Occupancy creates the fire load. • Building codes specify building type based on occupancy classification. • Fire code determines fire protection based on building and occupancy use. • Occupancies are residential, commercial, business, industrial and educational. • Each type has a number of hazards. 26
    27. 27. Occupancy Hazards 27
    28. 28. Building Uses • Ontario Fire Code and Ontario Building Code separate buildings in groups A-F, as related to their major use (or major occupancy) • With each type of building comes various requirements/restrictions on building construction • Private dwelling residences are exempt (with some exceptions) 28
    29. 29. Building Uses • A – Assembly – Theatres, libraries, schools, large bars, pubs and restaurants • B – Institutional (compelled to sleep over) – Jails, hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes • C – Residential – Apartment buildings (common area) , group homes, houses, motels • D – Business and Personal Services – Banks, barber shops, offices (medico legal), laundromat • E – Mercantile – Markets, stores, shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars and pubs • F – Industrial – Flammable liquid plant, television studio, freight depot 29
    30. 30. Firefighter Hazards: Structure Fires • Change in occupancy creating an unusually heavy fire load. • Dangerous stockpiling and excessive stock creating access problems. • Unknown design errors, renovations, contractor short cuts. • Arsonists traps or tampering with fire protection systems. • Occupancy may not be what it appears. (drug lab, boarding house, group home, etc.) 30
    31. 31. Construction Features Assessed During Size Up What constructions features are important during size-up? 31
    32. 32. Construction Features Assessed During Size Up 32
    33. 33. Firefighter Hazards: Structure Fires • • • • Combustible furnishings & finishes. Wooden floors / ceilings. Large open spaces. Synthetic materials. • Lightweight & truss construction. 33
    34. 34. Lightweight Wood or Steel Truss Construction = Very Dangerous Firefighting Conditions 34
    35. 35. Truss Roofs 35
    36. 36. 36
    37. 37. 37
    38. 38. Bowstring Truss! 38
    39. 39. Beware of the Truss! 39
    40. 40. Structural Collapse • Every structure fire has the potential for collapse. • Firefighters must be aware and look for indicators to collapse. 40
    41. 41. Signs of Potential Collapse • Prolonged exposure.(time) • Distorted structural members. • Fire on floors below heavy machinery and heavy loads. 41
    42. 42. Signs of Potential Collapse 42
    43. 43. Building Collapse Zone 43
    44. 44. 44
    45. 45. Size Up – What do you see? 45
    46. 46. The Back? 46
    47. 47. The Side? 47
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