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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The Department of Environment Transport and the Regions (DETR) has promised to firm up on its draft guidance on sustainable construction, although it does not look likely to be out before autumn 1999.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
Mr B. P. Clancy (Past President) May I ask, have you any evidence as to how your father and his partners actually calculated their fees? We see expenditure, we see a small loss. They were obviously very impressive buildings with a good standard of engineering. You said that, at the end of the first year or two, your father had virtually earned a salary equivalent only to one he had been earning with one of his earlier employers.