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The CTBUH Global News Archive is the primary place to get all the latest news on tall buildings, urban development and sustainable construction from around the world. The CTBUH also disseminates this information via our Monthly e-Newsletter, CTBUH Journal, and through books and reports. To view news for a certain category or time period, please use the links on the left side menu.

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UK's RIBA Demands Sprinklers and Fire Escapes for New and Refurbished Multistory Homes

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20 Oct 2017, London, United Kingdom

Responding to the Grenfell Tower fire, UK's RIBA has called for every new residential building over three floors to have more than one vertical means of escape, as well as sprinklers in all new and refurbished residential buildings. Read more.


Grenfell Probe in London Widens to 336 Companies

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22 Sep 2017, London, United Kingdom

The Grenfell Tower fire probe has widened to include 336 firms thought to be involved in the construction, refurbishment, or management of the building. Manslaughter is among the offenses that may be discovered. Read more.


More Than 200 Dead in Mexico Earthquake as Buildings Collapse

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20 Sep 2017, Mexico City, Mexico

Rescuers frantically searched through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes, and apartment buildings early Wednesday after Mexico's deadliest earthquake since 1985 killed at least 217 people. Read more.


Potential Cracks in Steel Halt Work Atop Philadelphia’s New Comcast Tower

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12 Sep 2017, Philadelphia, United States

Construction atop the rising Comcast Technology Center has been halted over concerns that the steel being used is cracked. The cracking may have occurred during the steel’s galvanizing process. Read more.


Three Cranes Atop High-Rises Collapse as Irma Lashes Florida

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11 Sep 2017, Miami, United States

Three construction cranes collapsed onto buildings in South Florida due to Hurricane Irma's heavy winds. Crews had to wait until the the winds calm to mobilize. There have been no reported injuries. Read more.


Glass Falls from Civil Justice Centre in Manchester

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21 Aug 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has confirmed that in late July, glass from three broken panels fell from the 2008 Stirling Prize-shortlisted Manchester Civil Justice Centre onto a footpath and road below. Read more.


As One London Tower is Evacuated for Safety Reasons, Cladding Used on Others Passes Safety Test

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14 Aug 2017, London, United Kingdom

While residents of the Ledbury estate in southeast London have been told to move out after structural problems were found, a cladding system using stonewall insulation has become the first to pass new government-ordered fire safety tests. Read more.


NSW Government to Crack Down on Dangerous Building Materials After Grenfell Fire

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08 Aug 2017, Sydney, Australia

The New South Wales (NSW) government has unveiled a fire safety plan that it says is “Australia’s most comprehensive” response to the issues exposed by London’s deadly Grenfell Tower fire in June. Read more.


London’s Cheesegrater Struck by Steel Beam from 22 Bishopsgate Construction Site

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07 Aug 2017, London, United Kingdom

A steel beam being lifted by a crane working at the 22 Bishopsgate construction site in London crashed into the side of the Cheesegrater building, resulting in damage to the external glazing. Read more.


Flames Engulf Dubai's Torch Tower Once Again

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04 Aug 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

For the second time in two years, a large blaze has ripped through the 79-story Torch Tower in Dubai, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. All residents inside were safely evacuated. Read more.


Probe into London’s Grenfell Tower Fire Shows Flammable Cladding in 80+ Buildings

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31 Jul 2017, London, United Kingdom

The investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 80 people in June, has revealed that a type of cladding and insulation used in more than 80 tower blocks across the UK poses a “significant fire hazard.” Read more.


Fire Breaks Out in Central Moscow High-Rise

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19 Jul 2017, Moscow, Russia

A fire broke out in a high-rise building undergoing renovations at 19 New Arbat Street in central Moscow. There has been no information on any injured, and Moscow’s Emergencies Services said there were no people inside. Read more.


Fatal Fire Burns Honolulu High-Rise Without Sprinklers

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17 Jul 2017, Honolulu, United States

At least three people have died and another 12 have been injured in a fire at a Honolulu high-rise that was not equipped with sprinklers, authorities said. Hundreds fled the condominium complex as smoke billowed from the upper floors. Read more.


600 UK High-Rises Identified with Grenfell Tower-Style Cladding

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22 Jun 2017, London, United Kingdom

Around 600 UK high-rises are believed to be covered in similar cladding to the material suspected of worsening the deadly London apartment block fire, the British government said Thursday, June 22. Read more.


Grenfell House Fire Provokes Investigation into Cladding on NSW Towers

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20 Jun 2017, Sydney, Australia

Flammable cladding blamed for the rapid spread of the fatal blaze that occurred at Grenfell House in London was pinpointed as contributing to a past fire in a Melbourne high-rise, provoking investigation into cladding on NSW towers. Read more.


Grenfell House Cladding Identified as Cheaper and More Flammable Option

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19 Jun 2017, London, United Kingdom

The cladding used in the Grenfell House renovation has been identified as a cheaper and more flammable variety. The aluminum-composite panels were installed prior to a devastating fire at the 24-story tower. Read more.


London Government to Inspect Tower Blocks Following Grenfell House Fire

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16 Jun 2017, London, United Kindom

Following a devastating fire that took place in a 24-story residential high-rise in West London on June 14, all 4,000 high-rise tower blocks in the UK similar to Grenfell House are to face inspections, a communities secretary has announced. Read more.


Fatal Fire Engulfs London’s 24-Story Grenfell House

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14 Jun 2017, London, United Kingdom

A fire transformed Grenfell House, a high-rise apartment tower in West London, into an inferno early Wednesday morning, sending at least 74 people to hospitals and raising fears that others might have been trapped inside. Read more.


Fire Breaks out at London’s Trellick Tower

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20 Apr 2017, London, United Kingdom

Around 200 people fled to safety after a fire broke out on the 27th floor of an iconic tower block in northwest London. More than 50 firefighters tackled the blaze in Trellick Tower in Kensal Town on the night of April 19. Read more.


Fire Breaks Out at Under-Construction Dubai Skyscraper

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03 Apr 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A large fire broke out early on the morning of April 3 at an under-construction high-rise building near Dubai's largest shopping mall, sending thick gray smoke billowing over the heart of the city. Read more.


Vancouver’s TallWood House Boasts Top Fire-Safety Measures

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02 Mar 2017, Vancouver, Canada

The 18-story building known as TallWood House at Brock Commons is the largest mass timber building in the world. Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services has worked to ensure the project achieves top fire safety measures. Read more.


Skyscraper Construction Failure Forces Evacuation of Over a Dozen Buildings in San Francisco

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16 Feb 2017, San Francisco, United States

A construction failure at a partially built skyscraper in downtown San Francisco forced the evacuation of a dozen nearby buildings in the SoMa neighborhood, the city's fire department said on Wednesday, February 15. Read more.


Viceroy Jumeirah Village Dubai to Delay Completion Until Summer 2018

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08 Feb 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A contractor is working to get its Viceroy Jumeirah Village Dubai back on track following a 2016 fire at the site. The 65-story project was initially scheduled for completion in 2017, but is now targeting an opening in 2018. Read more.


New Fire Code Targets Cladding Flammability in UAE Buildings

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25 Jan 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

New fire safety regulations came into force across the UAE on January 22 in response to a series of blazes in towers in the Emirates over the past few years. The new code specifically targets flammability issues involving exterior cladding. Read more.


17-Story High-Rise in Tehran Collapses after Fire

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19 Jan 2017, Tehran, Iran

Soldiers, sniffer dogs, and rescue workers are searching for an estimated 25 trapped firefighters in the ruins of a 17-story commercial building that collapsed on January 19 while they were trying to put out a blaze. Read more.


Yangon Officials Perform Final Check on Halted High-Rises

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13 Sep 2016, Yangon, Myanmar

After ordering construction to halt earlier in 2016, Yangon’s high-rise review committee has performed the final check on 55 new buildings and is preparing to inspect a remaining 130 structures to ensure tower safety. Read more.


Yangon Regulators Halt Skyscraper Construction and Demand Safety Modifications

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05 Aug 2016, Yangon, Myanmar

After Yangon regulators halted construction of around 200 buildings in May, reviews for 12 of the buildings were completed earlier this month, with the Yangon government ordering safety modifications for all of them. Read more.


Rio 2016 Athletes’ Village Remains Unfinished Ahead of Olympic Games

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28 Jul 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

More than half of the 17-story buildings set to house athletes during the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro are still not fully ready, with less than two weeks to go until the start of the games. Read more.


Fire Breaks out in Dubai’s Sulafa Tower

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20 Jul 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A 76-story residential skyscraper in Dubai caught fire in the densely populated Marina district, sending plumes of smoke into the air. It took firefighters three hours to dampen the blaze at the Sulafa Tower – the city’s 21st tallest building. Read more.


Tower Crane Collapses at Makati City Construction Site

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26 May 2016, Makati City, Philippines

On May 26, two people were injured when a tower crane at the construction site of the 32-story Salcedo SkySuites Building – located along H.V. de la Costa Street in Barangay Bel Air, Makati City – collapsed. Read more.