Ever since firefighters have been going to building fires, it has been paramount that if they want to survive the destructive force of fire in a building, they must have knowledge of how buildings are constructed. Successful firefighters have realized this and endeavored to keep up with changes in building construction.
Building construction methods change frequently, to meet supply and demand as well as societal needs. Today, the change within the building industry focuses on the need to minimize the operating costs and environmental impacts of buildings, while also increasing their functionality and appeal to occupants. Often, “green” methods and materials hold the key to meeting these needs—and the result is the new trend of “green” buildings.
When I teach about modern building construction I almost always hear firefighters say that they don’t have any green buildings in their response area, so the changes don’t affect them. This is simply not true.