Making Green Buildings Safe for Firefighters

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Green buildings may present special challenges for firefighters because of new technologies, building materials, and building techniques. That?s the concern Fire Safety and Green Buildings?Bridging the Gap, a new website at www.GreenBuildingFireSafety.org developed by the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM); a handbook on the topic has also been released.

The project started with the premise that ?fire safety is green, because any fire that takes place is doing really bad things to the environment,? said Karen Deppa, director of external relations for NASFM. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the new resource is the culmination of a year of research, begun by interns and continued by an advisory board that includes representatives from the International Code Council, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Green Building Initiative, among others.