ICC: Tall Mass Timber Special Inspector Certification

Research within the construction industry is ongoing and WOBO was pleased to note the collaboration that has taken place between the American Wood Council and ICC.  The focus on mass timber construction and the recognition of cross laminated timber and the provisions within existing and...

Sustainability: Brilliant Buildings

Sustainability is a key theme but consideration should always be given to the total project from conception through to use and it was interesting to read the “Brilliant Buildings Delivering Sustainability” publication.  The introduction by Alasdair Donn, Head of Building Performance, Willmott Dixon providing a...

BRE: Fire Performance of Cladding Materials

Research is essential to prevent mistakes re-occurring and the British Research Establishment provides evidence of their work following on from the Grenfell Tower fire, London. Octavian Lalu, Senior Fire Safety Scientist at the BRE, has announced that the BRE “state-of-the-art government research programme” regarding the...

Rottenomics – The Story of New Zealand’s Leaky Buildings Disaster

Construction is a risky business.  Things can go wrong or very wrong!  The issues relating to leaky buildings are often local reflecting environmental conditions.  Peter Dyer’s book relates to the issues experienced in New Zealand and the court case which is ongoing. The scale of...

LRWA: Design Guide for Specifiers, Issue 1 2020 – Roofs and Balconies

A common problem within the built environment is water penetration, through roofs and balconies, with the associated structural implications. This design guide provides industry support and assists in the inspection process. Through this Design Guide, the Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA) aims to provide...

SFPE: Public Comments: Very Tall Buildings

WOBO encourages its members and fellow professionals to support the SFPE in the generation of its Engineering Guide to Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings. SFPE is seeking Public Comments on its Engineering Guide to Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings (Deadline to submit comments...

ASFP RELEASES NEW ADVISORY NOTES ON THE FIRE PROTECTION OF STRUCTURAL STEEL

Modern buildings seek to maximise the inherent properties of the materials used, however, the provision of fire safety often requires those materials to be upgraded to meet the fire resistant time periods specified within the appropriate codes or regulations.  The Association for Specialist Fire Protection...

FIRE STOPPING OF SERVICE PENETRATIONS – Best Practice in Design and Installation

David Gibson, Governor, has identified this publication and believes that this free to download guide will assist in the design, specification and installation of building services penetrations to ensure fire compartmentation is maintained.  www.thebesa.com/firestopping The aim of the guide is to encourage all stakeholders in...

New Zealand: Fire and Smoke Stopping Methodology

Fire is a universal problem and as professionals we need to consider all options to achieve compliance.  The FPA New Zealand provides a breadth of supportive documents.                     The applicable New Zealand Building Code (NZBC) requirements...

OSHA COVID-19: Free posters and guidance booklets

United States Department of Labor through the Ocupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA] are pleased to offer free posters and guidance booklets for the workplace to assist you and your staff in these difficult times and through the pandemic.  The items are free and available...

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