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CROSS Safety Alert

Wind adjacent to tall buildings

Region: CROSS-UK, CROSS-AUS, CROSS-US Published: 1 December 2015


Reports to CROSS have raised concerns about the design of temporary works to resist wind loading in urban environments. Temporary works have suffered local wind damage, and it is suspected that is, in part, because wind loads have not been determined correctly.

Designers of temporary structures should consider how the environment around a temporary structure will change during the construction process. Different stages in the construction of a tall building may introduce blockage effects that alter or funnel wind flow and give the critical design case for wind loading.

Wind around tall buildings can lead to unpleasant (and sometimes dangerous) conditions for pedestrians.

Note: this Safety Alert was published by SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety). Since March 2021, SCOSS is integrated under the name Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS).

Who should read this?

Those who design or commission temporary structures that are subject to wind loading and adjacent to tall buildings. Architects and designers, civil and structural engineers, temporary works designers.

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