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CROSS Safety Report

Wind damage to gable wall

Report ID: 78 Published: 1 April 2007 Region: CROSS-UK

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Overview

Following request for examples of wind damage this collapse was reported of the external brick skin of gable wall of a two storey timber frame terraced house.

Key Learning Outcomes

For construction professionals:

  • Quality control and competent supervision on site can help to ensure that the structure is built in accordance with the design

  • Effective communication of essential design information in an accessible form to tradespeople working on site can also ensure the works are in accordance with the design intent

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Following request for examples of wind damage this collapse was reported of the external brick skin of gable wall of a two storey timber frame terraced house.

Masonry bricks have fallen from the end gable wall of a house.
Figure 1: wind damage to gable wall

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It appears that the ties have either failed or pulled away from the timber frame behind. During recent periods of strong winds there were many press reports of damage to domestic dwellings constructed in more traditional ways.

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