- On October 21, 2017
Material selection or use of right materials for building envelopes often complex but yet a key decision
There are several materials available are either in appropriate or having poor performances on several key safety factors. Often Its been used without reviewing in details or advertently to cut cost and other reasons. However designers holds key responsibility in enforcing good design practice and safe design approach in educating the users /owners.
We talk about cladding materials; often we could see several regions use highy flammable and dangerous materials. In these cases the building envelpe suppose to provide long lasting maintenance free facades, becomes risks to occupants.
There are several regions do not have adequate local regulations to control inappropriate materials. Hence local regulations alone can’t be relied upon for safe designs. The failures in checking and enforcing right materials, lead to severe consequences to precious lives and properties.
Image : Cladding Fire, Image source : Gulf News
We bring the recent instance, Tall Residential Building at UAE, showing video shocking evidences of how quickly fire and smoke propagating on the ACP (Alum composite Cladding) that uses Non Fire Resistant cladding panels.