Our town just recently took the plunge into requiring an energy star rating for all homes based on different levels according to square footage's. In reviewing some of the detailing it appears as our jobs as firefighters are only going to get tougher. The ramifications of the detailing would also lead me to believe fires will only be hotter and more dangerous. I also think access into these tighter structures will be hampered by new layers of thermal breaks, insulation, vapor barriers, and rigid insulation. This all complicates your ventilation process. Before ventilation we must consider the ramifications of introducing air into a compartment that probably has almost burned out all of it source of oxygen (unless self vented). Ventilate and enter with caution. All new energy star homes will have a sticker on them...to me it may be a warning sign.
Firefighters should look into the new energy star requirements and the required detailing.
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