What Burns Faster…… ?

Posted by in The Unusual | November 28, 2016

This is an interesting question.

What burns faster a traditional sawn lumber (2×8, 2×10, etc) floor system or an engineered (I-joists) lumber floor system? 

According to an article in the October 2016 Angie’s List Magazine, a floor system built with engineered lumber burns about 3 times faster.

What burns faster a old wood frame single-glazed storm window (1950-1970 vintage) or a modern vinyl clad wood framed two-paned double glazed window?

According to an article in the October 2016 Angie’s List Magazine, the modern window burns about two times faster.

What burns faster a wall built with plaster and lath or a wall built with gypsum drywall?  (This is an easy one)

According to an article in the October 2016 Angie’s List Magazine, the gypsum drywall construction burns three times faster.

So much for the benefits of new technology, huh?

This is one of my pet peeves.  When new products come out they tout the lesser cost, easier to use, less likely poor installation, better longevity, etc., but NO ONE EVER considers what happens when the new product is exposed to a fire, excessive wetting from a storm, excessive wetting from a pipe break, excessive cold, etc.

We have noticed that this practice helps to reduce the original construction costs and/or the time of construction, but it increases the repair costs after the building is damaged by a disaster.

How long will it take for model building codes to consider, “What happens when the product is partially damaged in a disaster?”

I’m guessing about another ten to twenty years.

Thank you to Angie’s List for another interesting article.

Disclaimer