Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Construction materials questioned in College Park fire #MGA17

...Joshua Baca is with Build With Strength, a group that includes the concrete industry that pushes for tougher building codes. The group advocates for steel and concrete to be used. The building that burned Monday used wood materials on the upper floors.

"This is a legal building under the current code in Maryland; however, it is dangerous, as we can see," Baca said. "We believe that building with noncombustible products like concrete are safer. They are cheaper in the long run for consumers, and they last a lifetime."

Bills heard last year in the General Assembly that would have implemented such requirements failed. The building industry argues lightweight construction materials are safe, cheaper and faster...

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