WIT Press


Assessing 19th Century 'fireproof Buildings

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/STR010221

Volume

55

Pages

10

Published

2001

Size

1,307 kb

Author(s)

I. Wouters & M. Mollaert

Abstract

Construction details of 19th century fireproof buildings are discussed. The paper deals more specifically with Brussels industrial iron framed buildings. The innovations and developments of construction techniques are illustrated by going deeper into three representative Brussels case-studies. The changes in construction techniques and the applications of new materials are explained by the evolving insight in Tire safety'. Some attention will be paid to international developments, more specifically the introduction of the Eurocodes. Directions are given on how to apply this knowledge when dealing with 19th century 'fireproof buildings. 1 Building fireproof In the beginning of the nineteenth century, a building was considered fireproof when all the combustible materials were replaced by incombustible ones. As a con

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