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Cardington prototypes

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Testing of the TF2000 six-storey brick-clad prototype building at the BRE in Cardington is now almost complete. Final phases of research work included the assessment of load-sharing capabilities between brickwork and timber frame for applied horizontal loads (wind loading). A great deal of technical knowledge has come from this project and BRE is now working on design guidance to commercialise these efforts. The BDA is a partner in this work for the brick cladding aspects.

Brick cladding data collection on the sevenstorey concrete-framed prototype building at BRE Cardington will finish at the end of this year. New information on the combined action of framed buildings with vertically restrained offthe-frame clay brickwork cladding has been gained and shows a complex interaction between the frame and brickwork components.

The emphasis will, in due course, turn to developing design guidance for this innovative and highly economical construction method.

Newly awarded DETR work on Winterton House, Watney Market, London will contribute to this work as will work on the movement characteristics of small-scale brickwork prisms currently under way at Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan universities.

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