Does timber high-rise equal high risk?

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A painting of the Great Fire of London

A painting of the Great Fire of London

The Fifth Estate
30/03/2016

Much of our building code has evolved from the Great Fire of London.

From 1 May, the National Construction Code will introduce a new “deemed-to-satisfy” provision for timber buildings up to 25 metres, or eight storeys high – as long as they include a raft of requirements, such as fire sprinklers and fire-resistant cladding.

This has the potential to change the way we build and the shape of our cities.

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