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Imposed loads for buildings Lawrence Hurst writes from London: MS Currie’s paper on the loading Code in the 16 February issue of The Structural Engineer prompts me to revert to a matter that was incongruous when the loads were in different Codes and now stands out even more as being inconsistent.
The Department of Environment Transport and the Regions (DETR) has promised to firm up on its draft guidance on sustainable construction, although it does not look likely to be out before autumn 1999. It will be interesting to see the definition of sustainability which they opt for. In the meantime, the construction industry is developing methods of judging between different materials and building methods, sometimes with results which may challenge accepted prejudices. Kathy Stansfield
Background I will, by your leave, start with some recent history, which I think is worth putting on record - the formation of the Institution’s History Study Group, which celebrates its silver jubilee this month. B.L. Hurst