MFS

Steve Conboy

"We Tame The Flames
And Choke The Smoke"

Ben Franklin

"An Ounce Of Prevention
Is Worth A Pound Of Cure"

Awareness Blog

My blog honors Ben Franklin the man that coined the phrase, "An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure", which is so relevant today when it relates to making high density wood framed buildings safer from fire for workers and fire fighters.

Who would have thought that the same practical man from Philadelphia, who helped found the United States of America in 1776, would also make so many important contributions to fire prevention and safety during Colonial America?

In the spirit of Ben Franklin's pioneering work in fire prevention and safety, I have been advocating for safer and better practices in the US building industry. I have been beating the fire safety drum for over a decade now, while being involved in wood framed building on both sides, from the supply to the frame for over 40 years. Much like Ben Franklin had two carpenters on his original fire fighting team, I like to surround myself with knowledgable construction leaders who also support the cause of defending affordable housing with renewable sustainable lumber, for the benefit of future generations.

Blog 1

The Value of Documentation to Property & Health Claims Losses

July 20 2018 by Steve Conboy

In today's Building Industry, the key to helping your builder clients is with digital documentation, especially with Chain of Custody and 3rd party accreditation that supports the quality assurance process of your product.

It is no secret the P&C insurance industry is seeing a rise in disputed property claims...

Water Alone Is Not Going To Get It Done In 2018

July 19 2018 by Steve Conboy

FORMAL REQUEST: WE ARE ASKING THE IAFF AND CAL FIRE FOR A TEST SITE

The big firefighters club needs to look into new ways to fight wild fires!

American Builders Have To Get Smarter About Risk Management

July 18 2018 by Steve Conboy

The Insurance Risk Management Underwriters are smart people, they know if a builder is blowing smoke when trying to make jobs safer with just a few cameras, taller fences and a few security guards. In all North American cities, wood framed buildings of all sizes are burning down by arson strikes, lightning or natural disaster. An epidemic of job site fires has been affecting scores of townhouses and apartments with well over 20 in just the last 18 months. The big question is who and where is next when it comes to an underwriter...

Building a Culture of Safety In High Density Wood Framed Projects

July 17 2018 by Steve Conboy

Working with an astute and proactive Insurance Broker will help you convince the underwriters to lower your premiums if you are willing to defend raw lumber from fire because it is the new way to go today. The best approach is to have a pro active broker that is willing to work along side you to embrace new technologies to show the underwriters willing to help lower your premiums which oftentimes consume your margins.

M-FIRE PUTS FIREFIGHTERS AND REAL TIME INTEL FIRST

July 16 2018 by Steve Conboy

WHAT IS OUR RELEVANCE FOR FIREFIGHTERS IN YOUR COMMUNITIES?

Unfortunately, many in the fire service suggest that their value within their communities is obvious and non-negotiable it’s to protect life and property. But how do we qualify and/or quantify those answers? It goes beyond just saying what your ISO rating is. It means being able to articulate a dollar amount of what the ISO rating means to the insured, and what it would be if it increases or decreases. In other words, how many buildings and lives does your fire house save. M-Fire is out to help the Fire Chief that makes the final decision on whether he is going to allow his brave firefighters in a fire protected lumber building under construction because we are supplying him data like he has never seen before in real time before the fire trucks even pull up...

MORE MASS TIMBER CLT IS POSITIVE AND SUPPORTS SUSTAINABLE BETTER

July 15 2018 by Steve Conboy

We need to do more to solve the World’s Energy Crisis on this over populated planet and the more Tall Mass Timber Wooden Buildings we build the more renewable and sustainable we become because of it's positive impact on energy consumption.

The production and disposal of concrete is one of the worst pollutants in the world. In regards to steel, which takes tons of energy to produce, we need to support companies that are developing mass timber wooden buildings to answer the problems in energy consumption. Steel and concrete are destroying our ozone with carbon. We need to engage a us congressperson to draft and propose a new Bill to Amendmend Q45 and provide tax credits to wood frame builder/owners and mass timber builder/owners who build with class-a fire protected carbon quantized wood products and building...

The Most Worrying Wildfires Burning in the U.S. Right Now.

July 15 2018 by Steve Conboy

PERHAPS WE SHOULD CHOOSE OUR BATTLES MORE CAREFULLY. A GROWING BODY OF RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT WE SHOULD ALLOW SOME FIRES TO BURN OUT ON THEIR OWN....

Teaneck NJ Fire Chief Shows Up With Flares

July 14 2018 by Steve Conboy

Yesterday, on an Avalon Bay Job Site in Teaneck NJ, the local Fire Chiefs show up to test Mighty Fire Breaker™ Job Site spray with flares. Their overall response was "Wow...

LA Construction Fire May Have Been Meant For More

July 12 2018 by Steve Conboy

Way To Go! LA Fire Companies In East Hollywood Knocked down the dumpster fire before it burned the entire building. The fire involved the bottom level of a three story building under construction at the intersection of Melrose and Virgil Avenues in East Hollywood.

Early Risk Communication In Building Is Everything Today

July 10 2018 by Steve Conboy

M-Fire's progress in business is not merely a process of osmosis, but a deliberate development with quality assurance 3rd party test results and education. Our job is to deliver scientific fire test results through applied science in a way that all stake-holders, i.e. builders, workers, firefighters and risk management Insurers can understand and follow.

American Builders Are Adjusting To Overcome This Labor Shortage

July 10 2018 by Steve Conboy

Our great American builders are adjusting quickly to support our housing starts that are the foundation to our economy.

45-Q Needs To Support Renewable Sustainable Buildings As Carbon Banks

July 8 2018 by Steve Conboy

USA Reforestation Carbon Banks Collect Carbon And This Administration Needs To Reward Our Great Builders That Defend That Carbon In Lumber...

Another Wood Framed Townhouse Project Set A Blaze Yesterday in BC Canada

July 8 2018 by Steve Conboy

Fire in Surrey BC totally destroys wood framed townhouse construction site

San Diego Camp Pendleton Wild Fires

July 7 2018 by Steve Conboy

Three fires burn at Camp Pendleton, 750 homes evacuated.

Western USA Is Now On Fire

July 8 2018 by Steve Conboy

This could become the worst wild fire season the US has ever seen. The third-largest fire in recorded Colorado history kept expanding, chewing through 147 square miles (381 square kilometers) near Fort Garland, about 205 miles (330 kilometers) southwest of Denver.

LEED Should Recognize M Fires Carbon Defense Program Soon

July 4 2018 by Steve Conboy

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification program, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

M-Fire Is Defending OSB From Fire And Moisture

July 3 2018 by Steve Conboy

Steve Conboy GM of M Fire Suppression explains to Steve Cassidy former NYC Fireman’s Union President the value of making OSB and CLT Class A fire protected to make all wood framed buildings safer.

Wood Frame Industry: Bad News And Good News

June 26 2018 by Steve Conboy

The bad news is we had another fire in a wood framed building under construction reported around 2:50 a.m. Tuesday yesterday that damaged three unoccupied townhomes at the Iron Gate development in Sicklerville.

Steel Tariff Plus Section 45Q CCS Tax Credits

June 19 2018 by Steve Conboy

The Current Washington Administration signed a bill around a year ago that could create value is fighting back on the carbons we create from burning fossils fuels...

Canadian Tariff May Help Drive Designers And Builders Towards Stronger Lumber

July 8 2018 by Steve Conboy

Douglas Fir Trees from the PNW produce the strongest lumber of all species grown for the best and affordable wood framed buildings.

Builders should buy products Grown and Made in the USA, lower dependency on imports, as we did back in the beginning of the housing boom after WW II.

June 13 2018 by Steve Conboy

American grown Douglas Fir is stronger than Canadian Spruce and it's time our builders and engineers start building with it since the Spruce Pine Fir is no longer the cheap way to go...

All Wood Built Buildings Today Have A Huge Sequestered Carbon Value

June 11 2018 by Steve Conboy

By Providing Superior Fire Protection With Mighty Fire Breaker™ Applied Science and Technology (SM) to stick frame and mass timber dwellings that human live in has an impact on future generation ozone and air quality if we defend the lumber trees produce for us to build with...

Fire Defended CLT Buildings Will Reduce Our Dependency On Imported Steel

June 11 2018 by Steve Conboy

Trees tend to be long-lived, some reaching several thousand years old. Trees have been in existence for 370 million years. The picture above is a timber structure that was built back in the 13th century and it still stands eight hundred years later...

President Donald Trump Steel Tariff Could Have A Carbon Sequestration Value

June 10 2018 by Steve Conboy

This Administration enforced a tariff on steel to try and level the playing field for USA steel producers against off shore cheap labor sending steel into the US that undermines our factories and jobs...

Our Current Administration Steel Tariff Has More Than A Dollar Value Of Benefits

June 2 2018 by Steve Conboy

Let’s not lose site of our forest by being engrossed in our differences. It is easy for us to become so involved in our differences that we lose sight of the big picture, and we forget what we are trying to do here in America to lead the rest of the world to sustainability.

Builders Need To Follow Firefighters When Its Comes To Product Risk

Jue 1 2018 by Steve Conboy

US Builders need to be sure that whatever Mold & Fire Protected Products that are being used in their buildings are all UL GreenGuard Gold certified

Out of the Ashes of this Steel Tariff Good Will Rise

June 1 2018 by Christina

This Bloomberg Reporter, did a good job in trying to capture my message, I’m sure we can do a follow up story with more details. The investors and builders with steel dependency for the buildings they have to build now in the short term will survive this tariff. Going forward this dependency on steel will help give birth to the CLT Innovation...

All USA Builders Need To Add More Security And Best Practice In Fire Now

June 1 2018 by Steve Conboy

Investigators determined that an arsonist set a massive fire that destroyed an under-construction apartment building in Concord,MA according to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Calling All Builders To Raise The Bar On Wood Framed Buildings

June 2 2018 by Steve Conboy

STUART, Fla. -- A large fire at a Florida condominium complex engulfed one section in flames, authorities said. The Martin County sheriff's office said firefighters contained the blaze, which hit the Cedar Pointe Villages complex in Stuart Monday night.

Mighty Fire APP Will Deliver Defended Coordinates In Real Time

June 2018 by Steve Conboy

We will be adding our App soon to our M-Fire Elimination Plan which will deliver coordinates in real time to Builders, Fire Departments and Insurance Providers. It starts with chain of custody from blending

This Great American Builder Stands Up To Fight Back On Arson Attack's

June 2018 by Steve Conboy

Here is another great owner & builder standing up to fight back against arsons burning buildings

Wake Up Call Guys!
Insurers Are Becoming More Critical of Wood Construction.

June 2018 by Steve Conboy

Why am I the only one in the building industry defending against the negative propaganda the steel guys spread about high density wood framed buildings and risk management insurers? Where are all of you,...

Scientists Want To Blame Everything On Climate Change

June 2018 by Steve Conboy

Why do we always have to blame Mother Nature instead of owning what we have created. We build housing in flood plains and in areas that have been prone to wild fires since dinosaurs walked on earth....

Cats Out of the Bag Urban Infill is Under Attack from Arsons

June 2018 by Steve Conboy

Here we go again another arson attack on an urban project that was being protested...

Are Lumber Built High Density Buildings Under Attack?

May 21 2018 by Steve Conboy

Just last Saturday night another fire that has the same things in common as the last 20 of these types of fires in the last year and half. They are all under investigation and all built with raw lumber with no fire protection.

Hey Travelers The Building Industry Has A New Better Best Practice Fire Prevention

May 20 2018 by Steve Conboy

Industry Trends: Materials and Labor

Peter says: "Clearly fire safety is an important worker safety issue as well," Wilcox said. "Having fire extinguishers on-site is a start. But to be well-prepared for a fire, it is best to address fire risk as part of a holistic site protection plan."

Avalon Bay Communities: Today's Best Builder In The USA.

May 2018 by Steve Conboy

If the President of the United States had an award for Best Green Proactive Builder Award for helping our country and the environment today it would go to Avalon Bay Communities hands down.

True Green Builders Are Those That Defend The Ozone.

June 2018 by Steve Conboy

Wild Fires and Building Under Construction Fires contribute to ozone problems. Humans cause lots of air pollution directly through our use of electricity, fuels, transportation, wild fires and burning buildings.

Another Fire Under Construction Launches Another Investigation.

May 17 2017 by Steve Conboy

Firefighters battled a four-alarm fire that destroyed an historic church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Builders Seek New Defenses Against JobsiteFires and this builder in Berkley could not get Mighty Fire Breaker on his job fast enough.

May 17 2018 by Steve Conboy

Firefighters battled a four-alarm fire that destroyed an historic church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The USA Building Industry NOW Has a New Best Practice

May 15 2018 by Steve Conboy

I spent the entire day in Denver yesterday. After my Fox News interview early in the morning and waiting before my NBC Denver 9 live interview I drove around the Mile High Stadium area taking photos of over 10 high density buildings, these were raw vulnerable wood framed projects.

Woodies

May 15 2018 by Steve Conboy

Concrete/Steel Lobbyist Slamming Wood Framed Buildings Have There Own Concerns.

May 11 2018 by Steve Conboy

One of the most common and most destructive electrochemical oxidation reactions is one that occurs between iron or steel and oxygen, commonly called "rust."

Negative Propaganda About Wood Framed Buildings Is Inadvertantly allowed to continue by Builders That knowingly Do Not Defend Lumber From Fire During Construction.

May 11 2018 by Steve Conboy

Build with Strength

Senior Housing Complex Being Built With CLT Raises Questions About Safety.
Concrete advocacy group believes that concrete will keep senior citizens safe.

Denver 2nd Major Construction Fire in 2018 Making it 20 In The Last 18 Months

May 11 2018 by Steve Conboy

Yesterday we had another huge wood framed building fire during construction making it number 5 in the last 3 weeks as we kicked off Arson Awareness week on Monday.

Best Practice For Wood Framed Buildings And Fire Has Arrived All Across the USA

May 9 2018 by Steve Conboy

Last year we traveled around the country to burn wood framed buildings in front of Building Safety Professionals, Fire Chiefs and Fire Fighters. This year, we are defending wood framed buildings from fires during construction all around the country.

Mr.Big Wood and Little Wood

May 2 2018 by Steve Conboy

Today we're debuting our childrens book with Mr.Big Wood and Little Wood, with an animation series to follow.

Arson Awareness Week

May 2 2018 by Steve

Yesterday we had another huge wood framed building under construction on fire, making it number 5 in the last 3 weeks as we kicked off Arson Awareness week on Monday.

These Are Exciting Times When Science Shows Up To Repair What Humans Destroy

April 30 2018 by Steve Conboy

When are our High Density Builders going to show up and defend our lumber and building industry by embracing Best Practice instead of allowing the Concrete and Steel Industries Negative Propaganda.

Wood Framed High Density Housing Is Under Attack From Fires During Construction

April 27 2018 by Steve Conboy

When are our High Density Builders going to show up and defend our lumber and building industry by embracing Best Practice instead of allowing the Concrete and Steel Industries Negative Propaganda.

New Schools Of Thinking in Wild Fire Defense and Wood Framed Building Fires

April 25 2018 by Steve Conboy

In 2017, I spent the emtire year traveling around the United States presenting live burn demonstrations at Fire Training Centers to many smart and brave Fire Chiefs and Fire Marshalls.

Wood Framed Building Fires Are The New Sleeping Giant In The Building Industry

April 24 2018 by Steve Conboy

After the most recent wood framed building fire in Denver, where two workers died, it is important that all TurnKey Framing Companies realize they will now be a target for litigators.

All USA Builders Need To Defend Lumber From Fire During Construction

April 15 2018 by Steve Conboy

Our Building Industry has to realize that water will not put out the advance of a raw wood framed high density fire ...

Who Is To Blame For Fires Behavior In Wood Framed Buildings Today

April 2 2018 by Steve Conboy

* Wood Framed Buildings only become vulnerable to complete fire consumption as the walls, floors and roofs get sheeted in. Framed walls without sheeting are not vulnerable to complete fire consumption.

Concerns On Construction Workers Risk In Wood Framed Buildings

April 2, 2018 by Steve Conboy

After the recent Denver Wood Framed Apartment Fire that kill two construction workers on a wood framed 5 story building before it had drywall and sprinklers in place brings new risk to Builders Premiums.

M Fire Smart App Will Notify Fireman So They Want To Go In And Defend A Building

April 7, 2018 by Steve Conboy

We will gain Fire Fighter's support to want to go in and save a builders building that has been fire defended during construction. Our M-Fire Smart App will notify the local Fire Fighters of the fire protection and...

IF You Wait Its To Late

March 27 2018 by Steve Conboy

Who would have thought that the same practical man from Philadelphia, who helped found the United States of America in 1776, would also make so many important contributions to fire prevention and safety during Colonial America?

When Are Wood Framed Buildings Vulnerable To Fire

Mar 22 2018 by Steve Conboy

The WSJ Fake News story headlines says Apartment Fires Are Tied to Cheaper, Wood-Based Construction. This is so bogus and wrong, buildings are being lite of fire and they burn so fast because our insurance industry allows builders to build with raw lumber.

The Truth About Todays Lumber

Mar 26 2018 by Steve Conboy

Next to me on the right is Harold Thomas, one of the original inventors of the EWP engineered wood I joist. I was a technical rep for TJI the first real I joist company to overtake the building industry and change it for the better- from building with solid floor joists to I-joists. EWP's marketing slogan was "The Silent Floor"

Could There Be Complicated Link Between Gentrification and Displacement and Fire

March 23 2018 by Steve Conboy

OAKLAND — Is a single, determined arsonist behind four massive construction fires that have scorched the East Bay over the past year, including a four-alarm blaze in Oakland Friday morning?

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Mar 22 2018 by Steve Conboy

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), a rotating gyre of waste and debris located between California and Hawaii

Defending Lumber and Trees from Fire

March 22 2018 by Steve Conboy

Today we are witnessing the exctinction of a species that had survived for millions of years but could not survive mankind