30 November 2012
First published: 30 November 2012
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Chief Executive Martin Powell reflects on some of the Institution's activities and accomplishments over the last 12 months and looks ahead to the exciting projects and plans in place for 2013 and beyond.
Exposure trials on timber cladding are valuable sources of information for facade designers. Key material, fire, and structural issues affecting timber cladding design are assessed and robust construction details derived alongside a framework for the emerging sub-discipline of timber facade engineering. The timber used was UK grown Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis). The work was undertaken because timber is an increasingly common cladding material in the UK, being used on low-rise residential buildings and for medium-rise and non-domestic buildings. The associated risks have, therefore, increased but this is not reflected in published guidance. Around 40 construction details were produced and a selection are shown in this paper. They integrate, for the first time, all of the performance requirements applicable to low- and medium-rise timber facades in the UK. The work’s key benefit is that the guidance arising from this study rationalises and improves facade design.
We read about (and maybe unfortunately witness) people being hurt or killed; these events have an immediate effect on a company or project. Accidents may be recorded and analysed, often within a short time of their occurrence. It is no surprise therefore that traditionally, the industry has seen the improvement of accident statistics as representing a true measure of improvement in health and safety performance.