Covid-19 Has The World In Time Out

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Covid-19 Has The World In Time Out

May 5, 2020 by Steve Conboy

Shutting The World’s Fire Down Faster Has A New Priority With Covid-19

So As Things Open Up Are We Ready To Look At How We Defend Ourselves From The Loss And Impact Of All Types Of Fires That Are Interrupting Our Ability To Create A True Renewable Sustainable Future

Fighting Wild Fires And Lumber Built Building Fires Can Be Defended Better Now Today If We Are Open To Embracing New Proactive Applied Fire Science For Both.

As we all watched the radical wild fires burning all around the world last year as they consumed forests and housing structures we continue to watch fire beat our ability to win and shut them down. Now that smoke filled poor air quality has new meaning with this Covid-19 pandemic that attacks the lungs has new meaning are we ready to admit we have to change.

California’s ability to prepare for a dry and potentially dangerous fire season this year is being crippled as the coronavirus pandemic prompts fire agencies across the West to cancel or delay programs aimed at preventing catastrophic wildfire.

Are the Feds, Fire Departments, Buildings Industry and Architects ready to embrace and enforce new proactive applied fire science? We can not continue to let forest fires burn for months by just throwing more and more labor at them the loss records speaks to the fact that we need to embrace change. In todays high density wood framed stick framed and now mass timber we have to recognize that arson attacks are accelerating and we have to defend those structures better. When we add up the amount of houses lost in the last 3 years from wild fires we have to embrace new ways to harden homes along with new ways to defend them from a wild fires ability to consume entire communities.

Wild Fire and Buildings Fire Smoke Will Hurt Human During The Covid-19 Pandemic

Forest fire emissions are a significant source of carbon dioxide (CO2), not only affecting its interannual variability but also biogeochemical cycles with consequences for climate. Carbon monoxide, released by incomplete combustion and with an atmospheric lifetime of a few months, influences the atmospheric composition on the regional and global scale, through depletion of the main atmospheric oxidant, the OH radical. Nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and black carbon (BC – component of light absorbing aerosols) can produce tropospheric ozone and particles, thus contributing to air pollution and climate effects. At the same time, aerobic soils may act as a sink for other important greenhouse gas such as methane (CH4), and fire might even increase the uptake of CH4 on these soils. Therefore, forest fire activity strongly affects air pollution, atmospheric composition and climate. Climate change also effects forest fires, as high temperatures and extensive drought have an impact on the flammability of vegetation. Predictions show that fire seasons will be more severe in the future, posing a serious threat to ecosystems and human society. Although efforts have been conducted over the past years to assess the impact of forest fires through observational and modelling approaches, more insights are needed in order to understand their effects and develop strategies to mitigate them.

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Supporting Housing Starts With Lumber Is Renewable and Sustainable Approach If the Mass Timber Movement is the next great disruption to meet the demand of construction is it really renewable and sustainable when they are built with raw timber and we are not defending the carbon stored in wood from fire that would release it back into our environment or is it just another cost effective shortcut? Some Skeptics say Is Cross Laminated Mass Timber today’s hottest new sustainable construction material, but can it really slow climate change. If we move more towards and balanced build industry that uses less steal and concrete that would support planting more trees to sequester CO2 and clean our air that is good for our future. One of the largest mass timber plants in North America in Washington produces raw cross-laminated timber because they say mass in E119 is enough fire protection. Others say no way we understand E119 in fire when it comes to being stringer in fire than steel but you are leaving out the protection of the two bigger killers smoke and flash over fire. The multi-ton panels are then precision cut into floors and walls for office and apartment towers with pre-fabricated panels that will snap together at the construction site like Lego Sets. Yes that supports our labor shortage but building with raw mass timber is cutting safety corners that should not be tolerated if we are going to wave around renewable sustainable without additional applied fire science to defend the carbon stored. Maybe if the Federal Government would support the MFB Carbon Tax Credit for defending the carbon stored more would embrace making these tall structures safer during construction. American Proactive Applied Fire Science is now available to help shut down wild fire faster and defend all wood framed buildings from fire and both are more affordable than ever before.

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