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The attention of members is drawn to the item ‘Building Regulations’ that appears in Institution Notes on page 270. The following is the full text of the consultative paper issued by the Department of the Environment on which the views of the nstitution have been invited by 20 September. The Council wish to have observations from all members interested, not only on the proposals but whether, if private certification under the Building Regulations was introduced as outlined, they would themselves be available, at the request of the client, to become ‘the certifier’.
The paper documents the design of First City Tower, Houston, Texas, which incorporates steel and concrete in six combinations to give a composite building. The design concepts and details employed have resulted in economy of the total building cost by reducing the tonnage of steel used in the structural frame and by speeding the erection process. Auxiliary studies (wind tunnel, dynamics, (he monitoring of building settletnent and column length shortening) are described.
B. S. Taranath
Following general discussions in 1981 on changes in the Building Regulations (CMND 8179; The future of building control in England and Wales) the Department of the Environment last May invited comments on two consultative documents: The FORM of future Regulations; and their CONTENT. On behalf of the Council the President has authorised that the following observations be sent to the Department as reflecting views of the Institution. The comments have been drawn up by the Working Party appointed by the Council under the Chairmanship of Mr R. J. M. Sutherland (Vice-president). The Department has proposed that the Regulations themselves should be confined to broad functional requirements purely expressive of their tasks.