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Statue_liberty_600Just in time for her 126th birthday this year, the Statue of Liberty is undergoing needed repairs and upgrades to her interior, including safety improvements that comply with today's codes and standards, says Fred Durso in his article "Upgrading Liberty" in the latest issue of NFPA Journal. Integrating safety and historical preservation isn't an easy task, but Hughes Associates, the engineering firm chosen for the job, managed to do it with the help of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®; NPFA 72®, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code; and NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems.

—Kathleen Robinson 

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A recent study predicts that the price for electric vehicle
batteries could drop by as much as 70 percent within the next 13 years.
Lithium-ion batteries are among the most expensive components of electric
vehicles. With the predicted reduction in manufacturing costs of these
batteries the price of electric vehicles may begin to fall in line with
internal combustion vehicles.

A large barrier in the adoption of electric vehicles is the
price tag difference over comparable internal combustion vehicles. Many see the
high upfront cost of electric vehicles and find it difficult to see the savings
of fuel over several years or do not wish to wait, up to a decade in some cases,
for the return on their investment. This barrier instantly goes away if the findings
in this study come true and we do see a large drop in battery prices as electric
vehicles will be the cost effective purchase from day one.

Two forces driving the decrease in EV battery prices is manufacture
on a large scale and breakthroughs in the production methods used to assemble
these batteries. With gas prices continuing to rise, electric vehicles are
becoming a more attractive option. This leads to the need to produce these
batteries on a large scale and will in turn lower the price for consumers. Not
only are prices on the decline, but the life of these batteries are longer than
ever. By the year 2025 electric vehicles very likely will no longer be out of
reach of many consumers’ budgets.

In_compliance_240"Tis the season for outdoor events, many of which take place in tents. And just because a tent isn't a building doesn't mean it doesn't have to meet certain fire safety criteria. In his column, "In Compliance" in the latest issue of NFPA Journal, Chip Carson discusses some of the relevant requirements of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®; NFPA 1, Fire Code; and NFPA 701, Standard Method of Fire Test for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films. 

—Kathleen Robinson

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