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  1. Still no rain for the north. Here in Cumbria is extremely dry, young trees are beginning to show signs of die-back and the rivers/lakes very low.
  2. Thunder storm on Skiddaw now. https://www.georgefisher.co.uk/webcam/
  3. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5778587/Oman-raises-death-toll-aftermath-Cyclone-Mekunu-6.html
  4. M6.4 - TAIWAN Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.4 Date-Time · 6 Feb 2018 15:50:42 UTC · 6 Feb 2018 23:50:42 near epicenter · 6 Feb 2018 15:50:42 standard time in your timezone Location 24.158N 121.680E Depth 9 km Distances · 23 km (14 miles) NNE (25 degrees) of Hua-lien, Taiwan · 52 km (32 miles) SSW (199 degrees) of Su-ao, Taiwan · 100 km (62 miles) SE (135 degrees) of Hsin-chu, Taiwan · 1064 km (661 miles) N (4 degrees) of MANILA, Philippines Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 5.2 km; Vertical 4.1 km Parameters Nph = 83; Dmin = 8.8 km; Rmss = 0.86 seconds; Gp = 34° Version = Event ID us 1000chhc
  5. https://dailyplanet.climate-kic.org/glacier-retreat-can-slowed-artificially-produced-snow/ This isn't as difficult as it may sound if those glaciers that form part of a ski resort are tackled first as the snow making infrastructure already exists and would just need extending. It would also make it more financially justifiable as the resorts would benefit from an enlarged summer ski area.
  6. I'm sure you are right but in the long run replacement is the best policy and its up to the local politicians at the time to 'educate' the residents that in the long run they would benefit.
  7. There in lies the problem. The English like to make do and mend, scrimp and save, and take the easy path. Grenfell should have been demolished also. Not because its a tower block but because it was a cheap, out of date, poorly designed block like many others. They were not designed to last this long.
  8. 60 tower blocks have failed the fire tests they have just been put through. These tests are NOT the same as the regulations - they are to a higher standard. It is wrong to say they have breached any regulations. It is more correct to say that the regulations are not sufficient. As someone who works in the industry I am despairing at the false allegations and political manipulation over this catastrophic event.
  9. I cast a critical eye over almost everything. Nothing should be left unquestioned. Who would be my dream team to negotiate Brexit? Mark Carney. I voted remain too and still believe we should remain regardless of the democratic will of the people.
  10. I'd rather have critical glee than subservient kowtowing.
  11. Yes sprinklers would have meant a very different story. But sprinklers are not required for refurbs and in this bottom-line driven world who in management would order buying something that isn't required? Its not just the system that is at fault but the entire culture - a culture we are very much a part.
  12. The aesthetics concerns being given legs in the press is a red herring. The primary purpose of the over-cladding was to reduce energy bills. An aesthetic improvement would have been a mere by product. The original planning application talks about visual improvement as that is an argument that resonates better within the planning world and allows an easier ride through the system but its nothing more than 'professional rhetoric'.
  13. The relevant section is B4 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/441669/BR_PDF_AD_B2_2013.pdf There's talk that the aluminium sheet part of the cladding is the area of concern as it is made up of an aluminium sheet either side of pvc core. The overall thickness only being 3mm. This isn't fire resistant but is class 0 (apparently) meaning it conforms. The regs are preoccupied by surface flammability and don't deal at all with interstitial fire spread. The alu sheet is Reynobond - https://www.arconic.com/aap/europe/en/product_category.asp?cat_id=1843 which does comply to the Class 0 requirement, as does the Celotex insulation but as I said in my other post the chimney effect isn't taken in to account which, as we have seen, creates a very intense fire meaning lab tested Class 0 materials don't perform as expected. A very quick fix to the regs would be to class rainscreen cladding and enveloping as a compartment in their own right.
  14. The relevant Building regs only concerns itself with building to building or internal fire spread and doesn't actually recognise the problem of over-cladding. There is no recognition of the chimney effect which is a new phenomena due to the recent practice of over-cladding. I'm sure there are some design issues but the greatest contribution to this disaster is the failure of regulation that doesn't recognise the new dangers brought about by enveloping schemes on high-rise.
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