An onsite fire engineer, engaged on behalf of the end client during the construction of a new residential development, reports a significant amount of inadequately installed passive fire protection elements.
A reporter believes real-world tests demonstrate that existing smoke control systems may not suitably account for typical winter stack effect conditions.
Painted, rather than the required unpainted connection faying surfaces, were identified by the Resident Engineer of a reporter's firm during the erection of a primary frame for a large project. The painted surfaces resulted in the connections not having sufficient load carrying capacity and necessitated remedial works.
A reporter is concerned about a widely used software package that does not, in their opinion, generate load combinations in accordance with the Eurocodes being followed.
The reporter tells of an instance when a Firefighters lift switch, located on the Fire Service Access Level (FSAL) in a multi-storey building failed to operate. After an investigation the switch was found not to have been connected.
A reporter is concerned about a potential misconception in the construction industry regarding the role of cavity barriers and the impact their design and installation can have on the structural performance of a building.
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