The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 67 (1989) > Issues > Issue 21 > Cladding: Current Practice in Specification, Design and Construction
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Cladding: Current Practice in Specification, Design and Construction

The bulk of defects occur in the weathershield, and therefore the cladding, of buildings. Unless such cladding was also loadbearing, it has not traditionally been the responsibility of the engineer. In this age of specialisation, architects are less likely to be structurally qualified to deal with the secondary stresses which inevitably arise in the weathershield. Furthermore, the pattern of construction has changed, so that more engineering input is necessary.