488 Fire risk in timber framed structures
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has written an ‘open letter’ to the timber-frame frame industry about fire risk during construction. The HSE said “it has acted in the wake of serious incidents where fires involving timber frame structures under construction have affected neighbouring buildings”. Last month, fire ripped through a partially-built laboratory at the University of Nottingham, where the frame was constructed mainly from glue laminated (glulam) beams.
CIRIA event on movement in buildings - January 2015
CIRIA have updated their seminal guidance about the effects of 'movements' in buildings. Quite a few of the problems reported to them include stressing or loss of support due to thermal, shrinkage and other movement effects. CIRIA are running a CPD event on 27 January 2015. Click on 'View Report' for web link.
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