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Panel: Rob Simon
Media: Bryan Goodman

Innovations in building and construction materials have raised expectations when it comes to what we demand from our home and work environments. Brick and stone no longer confine architects and builders. Instead, the building and construction industry, through the use of advanced materials technologies such as plastic insulation, composite materials, metals and glass, continues to identify new and creative design solutions for the way we live today. Modern structures reflect the latest design trends and address growing environmental and energy concerns. They also accommodate our increasing reliance on a variety of  electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) from elevators and escalators to computer and information technology equipment and a host of household appliances.

At the same time, the large volume of EEE in today’s buildings, coupled with plastic and composite materials that are highly effective but also flammable, increases the potential for fire hazards. Flame retardants are used in a variety of building and construction materials in homes, offices and public buildings, including schools and hospitals, to provide individuals with fire safety protection and critical escape time should a fire start. Learn more about how flame retardants work.

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