The Cement Era Volume 7

The Cement Era Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...than the majority, because the former takes a decided stand on the protection of the public at theaters, churches and other places of public gathering, and it further sets forth definitely what the best fire-resisting construction is, whereas in the majority report this is left too much to the discretion of the superintendent of buildings. "If the city was always sure of having an honest and conscientious superintendent of buildings it would be a very good thing to have a building code enacted that gave to the officer in charge of its enforcement very liberal latittide for the exercise of his judgment and discretion, but should any future building superintendent wish to show favoritism to one particular company or partiality to a certain kind of material, he could approve almost any kind of construction or material and the public would not be safeguarded. "The fireproofing recommendations in the majority report are indeed the most serious. Everybody who has given any attention at all to various methods of fireproof construction, knows that all the methods heretofore used have not proved satisfactory. Several large fires in this city have demonstrated the truth of that, but the majority report not only permits the same methods to be used in the future but provides for thinner arches. The present arch is limited to 1%; inches per foot of span, while the majority report provides for only 1% inches. In other words, the hollow-tile arch, which has heretofore been less expensive than concrete, is reduced in thickness and regulations are placed on concrete by eliminating cinders in floor construction, which increases its cost. Where there is fair and square competition now, the majority report makes the one cheaper and the other more

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  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236991826
  • 9781236991829