Building Construction

The Professor

Issue 12 and Volume 160.

BY GLENN P. CORBETT The Deutsche Bank building in New York (photo 1), as seen after the disastrous fire on August 2007 that killed two firefighters. Note the tremendous amounts of plywood sheeting used to keep asbestos and heavy metals inside the contaminated building that is under demolition. This plywood created an enormous “fuel load in the sky,” used as an exterior containment barrier as well as inside to create mazelike decontamination compartments. This is a wake-up call to environmental officials who push the use of plywood during the decontamination of a building—a very dangerous practice, especially in a high-rise. Click here to enlarge image Photo 2: At first glance, this looks like a log cabin. On closer inspection, however, the logs are actually sections of vinyl siding made to look like wood. What you see is not always what you get in building construction. Click here to enlarge image…

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