Design for life

Summary

Reports on a study into the collapse of the World Trade Center which highlights important issues about the design and performance of buildings. It found no specific structural weaknesses but some features should be the subject of further evaluation. It considers the question of whether building codes should be changed to include provisions against possible terrorist threats. The report recommends changes to the fire testing of materials and that the behaviour of the structure under fire conditions should be considered as an integral part of the structural design. Includes findings which have a relevance for all buildings.

Primary Author(s): Gilbey R

Source: Fire Prev., Fire Engrs. J., July 2002, vol.62, no.222, 27-29.

             BSRIA Abstract Doc 000104010 Abs 20022552

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