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Want beautiful, sustainable and safe buildings? Use wood | Rowan Moore

After Grenfell, the reluctance to utilise timber in new constructions is understandable, but misguided and the government should reconsider its banYou don't have to be an expert in construction to know that wood burns. You might also recall that parts of London were destroyed in the Great Fire because they were made largely of wood, after which they were rebuilt in brick and stone. So it will seem a reasonable reaction to the Grenfell disaster that the government banned timber (along with other combustible materials) from the exterior of residential buildings more than 18 metres high.This ban started in 2018, with the promise to review it. Now it is proposing both to continue and extend it so that it covers buildings more than 11 metres high, and uses such as hotels as well as blocks of flats (in England only - Scotland and Wales have slightly different arrangements). Better, you will probably think, to be safe than sorry. But there's a cost to this caution, which is that it will impede one of the most promising recent innovations in building. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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