Fire

Fire trends in multifamily housing

Advances in automatic fire and smoke detection, central station alarms, and automatic sprinklers have helped property losses decline slightly in the last decade. But despite the best efforts of...

The pros and cons of solar panels

There are many ways to “go green”—vegetative roofs, lightweight construction materials, insulating materials, and photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are among the most popular. But what are the pros an...

Fire safety best practices for construction of 5- and 6-story wood buildings

As more builders use wood as the primary building component in modern buildings, there’s a growing concern for fire safety during the construction process. Large volumes of wood at construction...

What’s wrong with this picture?

I heard a story once that an advertising executive came up with the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” for an ad. But he felt he had to attribute it to “a Chinese proverb” so people would...

Making temporary housing safer

Sometimes you look at a problem or challenge and say to yourself, “Sure, that’s an easy fix.” But when you get into the nitty-gritty of it, you realize there are scores of unforeseen obstacles in...

IFSL Symposium comes to Verisk

ISO had the honor to host this year’s International Fire Service Leaders (IFSL) Symposium here at the Verisk Analytics home office in Jersey City. I was thrilled to help organize the event along wi...

Where do you stand on vegetative roofs?

New green products and technologies are constantly becoming available to homeowners and businesses. One of the more intriguing innovations for city dwellers is vegetative roofs. They’re eco-friendl...

Getting to Class 1

ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC™) program recognizes the efforts of communities to provide structural fire protection services for citizens and property owners. Insurance companies use...

A conversation on perils, incidents, and risk assessment

Educators say humans learn through a combination of perception and memory using three different methods: visual, auditory, and experiential. Each of us learns through a mix of the three methods tha...

When is a sprinkler not a sprinkler?

Automatic sprinkler systems are a curious thing. You’d think they’d be pretty straightforward — either a building has one, or it doesn’t. Either it works, or it doesn’t. Not too complicated, right?...