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whole range of factors, including socio-economic developments, technological innovation, new style and design requirements and a growing emphasis on environmental concerns, have contributed to an on-going evolution in the way our buildings are constructed. This section demonstrates the necessity in meeting regulatory requirements for fire safety in both public and private buildings using materials treated with specific fire retardants.

Thanks to constant innovations in insulation, wiring and structural elements, today’s new buildings are more energy efficient, more comfortable, safer and healthier than ever before. New materials have also opened up a much wider range of possibilities in the scope of design. In the past, buildings were mostly made of stone, brick, plaster and wood. Today’s plastic insulation materials, composites, metals and glass have brought far greater versatility to the conceptual and creative side of construction.

A 50 year evolution in building construction