CROSS-UK Newsletter 66 has been published which includes expert comment on fire safety and structural safety reports.
Concern that the structural design of some recent buildings may not have been checked
A reporter has become increasingly concerned that some buildings may be structurally non-compliant for a number of reasons.
Fire in roofs containing PV panels
A reporter is concerned about the monitoring of photovoltaic panels and whether all the possible lessons are learned from current experience.
Unsafe design of retrofit cantilever balconies
A structural assessment of a number of new balconies being added to an existing building revealed critical concerns in respect of fixings back into the existing brickwork.
Fire protection to car park steel frame
A reporter is concerned about the fire protection of a steel framed car park above a retail unit.
Stone cladding panel concerns
A reporter is concerned in respect of the risk of failure of stone cladding panels.
Plastic composite fencing
A reporter is concerned about the possibility of fire spread between buildings when the external plastic composite fencing is involved in a fire.
Misleading instructions for a structural component
A reporter confirms the difficulty encountered whilst endeavouring to ensure cast-in insulated connectors supporting a parapet wall and balustrade were properly fixed.
Missing fixing strap on Light Gauge Steel Framing System may affect fire performance
A reporter has become aware of several cases where a critical strap has not been installed within a Light Gauge Steel Frame external wall system.
Metal cladding panels fail and fall to ground
During high winds, a number of metal cladding panels failed and fell to the ground from a tall commercial building in a major UK city.
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