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References Department for the Environment, Transport and Regions, Building a better quality of life – a strategy for more sustainable construction, DETR, April 2000. Sustainable Construction Task Group/Construction Confederation, Towards sustainability – A strategy for the construction industry, SCTG/CC, June 2000. 21 3 Steel in stadium engineering .........................................................................................................................................................

With both materials having virtually identical coefficients of thermal expansion, differential movements due to changes in temperature are not a major problem when the two materials are combined. Advantages of using steel include: 22 1. Steel frames are fast to erect, which can lead to rapid revenue return. With many sports having a ‘closed’ part of the season, or important annual events, speed of construction is essential. 2. Lighter overall weight of the structure can result in savings in foundation costs, a particular advantage in poor ground conditions.

Blast: can result in injury to humans as a result of overpressure or blast wind. Local structural collapse: localized failure of structural members can make inoperable areas of a building that might be key to evacuation or command and control. Total collapse: this occurs when a localized incident escalates, through the mechanism of progressive structural collapse, to the total destruction of the building or facility. Examples of such events are obvious but extreme. The resulting loss of life, damage to assets and public confidence are factors that regrettably now have to be addressed.

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