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In light of the recent fire at docklands and reading today about the fire in Dubai. I have noticed the fires in both case have spread up the building facade. Are modern skyscrappers meeting fire codes.

In particular with aluminum composite cladding on buildings. Should there be a moratorium on aluminum composite construction. Should all existing aluminum composite buildings have the facades removed and replaced with a fire-resistant cladding. There have been so many documented cases reminiscent of these two similar towers.
 

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According to this BBC article aluminum composite cladding on buildings is partially banned in the US. The sheathing has not been used in the UK since the 1980s and codes in the United States specifically prohibit their use in buildings of more than three or four storeys

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-22346184




Tamweel Tower, Dubai - the civil defense fire team present at the site explicitly blamed the tower's flammable cladding,



Marina Torch, Dubai







Lacrosse Docklands, Melbourne
 

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Grozny-City complex . In two hours the fire had completely engulfed three sides of the skyscraper from top to bottom, as the flames spread rapidly due to the plastic trimming on the building
 

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Marina Torch, Dubai



Burned external cladding on the corner of more than two dozen storeys from roughly the 51st floor to the top of the Torch



A part of the flammable cladding which fell and set fire to lower parts of the building and fell on resident's balconies

 

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Tamweel Tower fire started by cigarette butt, say Dubai Police. Once ignited, the fire quickly spread up the highly-flammable building cladding – which contained aluminium and fibreglass – to the roof. From the roof, blazing chunks of cladding rained down on the balconies and cars below. The fire spread inside the building mainly through the balconies.

 

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The CCTV of China Tower was coated with SEVEN's Fluorine-carbon solid aluminum panel. The Beijing Municipal Fire Brigade confirmed that the cause of fire was the illegal use of highly explosive fireworks at the construction site.
 

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Dynasty Wanxin Hotel

On February 3, 2011, a large amount of fireworks were placed close to the Wanxin Complex and launched to celebrate the Chinese New Year festival. The complex buildings were ignited by the fireworks. The facade of the towers was cladded with aluminum panels and aluminum composite panels







 

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Residential Building Fire, Shanghai

A preliminary finding by investigators concluded that sparks from welding work being done on the building. The 2010 Shanghai fire was a fire on 15 November 2010 that destroyed a 28-story high-rise apartment building in the city of Shanghai, China, killing at least 58 people and injuring more than 70 others (with at least one source reporting more than 120 others injured).



 

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I remember back in September 2012 when one person died in a highrise fire that spread through an apartment in Bankstown, NSW. They had to jump out of the units to flee.

Warning: Video may distress some people

Ten News (September 7 2012)

 
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