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Geoff Williams's comments

  • Government bans combustibles and gives councils power to strip cladding

    Geoff Williams's comment 30 November, 2018 11:55 am

    This is indeed an interesting move that should have been introduced from the outset in the design of high rise structures. Bearing in mind that 40% of fires Worldwide are caused by electrical cable malfunction it is imperative that the electrical cable is also taken into account. Cables are taken the length and breadth of every building and cables have been frequently known to assist in the spread of fire in highrise buildings. Most electrical cables will burn and emit smoke and toxic fumes.

  • Ellis Williams replaces Mecanoo on Oldham Coliseum job

    Geoff Williams's comment 15 August, 2018 4:05 pm

    It is noticed that ARUP is nominated for the M&E design. Safety in such prestige buildings, cannot and should not, be compromised. It is imperative that fire safety, in terms of electrical cables, is given a higher priority. The Fire Department in Hong Kong recently tested 12 cable manufacturers fire resistant cables against the fire standard and 9 failed prematurely. It is, therefore, essential that metal sheathed MI cables are specified for all fire protection services.

  • Manchester to fit £10.5m of sprinklers in council-owned towers

    Geoff Williams's comment 15 August, 2018 2:16 pm

    The more I explore the subject of fire safety in high rise building structures, the more I get alarmed at what I see. Many of these buildings have been in service over at least two decades and the electrical wiring is showing it's age both in terms of time and product utilisation. Additional load is always a problem in power circuitry. I would suggest that the state of the wiring should be addressed before proceeding with the fitment of "sprinklers" although I would hasten to add these are a way forward in the future. Surely the regulations and rules for engagement need to be clearly determined and the use of fireproof cables must be a paramount consideration.

  • Architects break silence on Grenfell

    Geoff Williams's comment 20 June, 2018 11:11 am

    Little reference has been made to the electrical wiring. cabling usually features in major fires and it is claimed that 40% of the fires Worldwide have been directly caused due to short circuits, voltage hikes and overload. In public flats many occupants have would be electricians and tamper and fireproof cables are recommended.

  • Mac building is ‘saveable’, GSA and council claim

    Geoff Williams's comment 19 June, 2018 10:58 am

    This fire could have an electrical cable origin. It will be interesting to discover the actual cause after the current investigations have been completed. fire suppression systems are only effective subject to the security of the electrical supply. Much depends on the choice of cable and in the light of past problems one would have thought that a Mineral insulated fireproof cable, type MICC, would be considered in all historic buildings of the this type of important edifice. Alternative, fire resisting cables will burn and assist in the spread of the fire. Obviously, there are lessons to be learned.

  • Grenfell cladding did not meet Building Regs, expert tells inquiry

    Geoff Williams's comment 6 June, 2018 1:36 pm

    Has enough attention been given to the electrics in the flat where ignition is alleged to have taken place. There appeared to be numerous electrical devises in the kitchen area needing an electrical supply and it begs the question as to whether cable sizing an protection met the requirements of the IET regulations. The occupant of the flat is alleged to have referred to an explosion at the fridge unit which ignited the cladding due to the inadequate fitting of windows. There has been a complete lack of comments on the part played by failure of the electrical system.

  • Adjaye and others help redesign Grenfell estate

    Geoff Williams's comment 20 March, 2018 11:52 am

    Yes there is the old adage that "Too many cooks spoil the broth". Much depends on what they bring to the table. Obviously, the protection against fire will be the prelude to any forthcoming design. I do hope that the electrical wiring is given due consideration and a higher profile. Naturally, cables that will not burn, generate smoke and toxic fumes is imperative. Whilst, providing security of the electrical supply to essential services. The proven MICC fireproof system would be vital and should be given a serious aspect.

  • The Regs: making the homes you design burglar-proof

    Geoff Williams's comment 13 February, 2018 11:45 am

    The wiring in any security system needs to be tamper and waterproof as well as it's ability to survive in fire and handle the high temperature.
    The danger of fire in high rise structures and is always imminent although we like to think they are a rare occurrence. Fighting fire in congested City locations and fighting fires internally above 7 floors is a distinct hazard. Maintenance of the electrical supply is, therefore, paramount. Experts in Germany maintain that up to 40% of fires Worldwide have an electrical cable origin. The use of a 2hour fire rated cable, that is tamper and waterproof, a metal type, MICC cable, should be mandatory.
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  • SAVE fires broadside at Hodder's tower for Giggs and Neville

    Geoff Williams's comment 5 February, 2018 12:02 pm

    Geoff Williams30 January, 2018 12:45 pm
    Interesting to hear about the comments of Historic England and their apparent lack of desire to protect historic buildings from fire in respect to cabling issues. They often ignore the danger of fire in high rise structures, that is always imminent, although we all like to think that fire is a rare occurrence. Fighting fire in congested City locations and particularly fighting fires internally above 7 floors is a distinct and highly dangerous hazard. Maintenance of the electrical supply is paramount. Experts in Germany maintain that up to 40% of fires Worldwide have an electrical cable origin. The use of a 2 hour fire rated cable, preferably MICC, should be mandatory. Another fact generally ignored.

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  • Historic England ‘unable to support’ Hodder’s scheme for Giggs and Neville

    Geoff Williams's comment 30 January, 2018 12:45 pm

    Interesting to hear about the comments of Historic England and their apparent lack of support for the project. They often ignore the danger of fire in high rise structures is always imminent although we like to think they are a rare occurrence. Fighting fire in congested City locations and fighting fires internally above 7 floors is a distinct hazard. Maintenance of the electrical supply is paramount. Experts in Germany maintain that up to 40% of fires Worldwide have an electrical cable origin. The use of a 2hour fire rated cable, preferably MICC, should be mandatory. Another fact generally ignored.

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