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A stormy lesson

Malcolm Hollis (Professor of Building Surveying at the University of Reading and Fellow of the Department of Construction Management of the University of Reading)

Structural Survey

ISSN: 0263-080X

Article publication date: 1 February 1991



Discusses the storms and high winds of 1987 and 1990 which affected much of the country, and asks why so much damage was caused to buildings when Building Regulations and Codes of Practice were designed to cope with such conditions. Outlines the extent of the 1990 damage and posits reasons for the structural failures. Explores damage which occurred to new buildings and gives suggestions as to where the designs were at fault. Calls for alteration to the existing Codes of Practice and examines the lessons which should have been learnt by the construction industry, insurers and by legislators.



Hollis, M. (1991), "A stormy lesson", Structural Survey, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 169-172.




Copyright © 1991, MCB UP Limited

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