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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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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.


Fire-Hit The Address Downtown Dubai Will Not Reopen in 2016

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26 Apr 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Address, which was badly damaged by a fire on New Year’s Eve, will not reopen in 2016, an Emaar Hospitality Group executive said. In the meantime, the developer is anticipating the opening of The Address The BLVD. Read more.


Melbourne’s Tallest Building Found to Have Flammable Cladding

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01 Apr 2016, Melbourne, Australia

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has found that Melbourne's tallest building – the Eureka Tower – contains small amounts of highly combustible cladding; however, they insist that the cladding doesn’t pose a threat. Read more.


Huge Blaze Hits UAE Residential Towers in Ajman

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29 Mar 2016, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

Firefighters extinguished a blaze Tuesday, March 29 that burned up the side of several towers in the United Arab Emirates city of Ajman, the latest in a series of skyscraper infernos in the Gulf nation. Read more.


Construction Worker Falls from Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles

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18 Mar 2016, Los Angeles, United States

According to fire officials, a construction worker died after he fell from the 53rd floor of the Wilshire Grand Center – the future tallest building in Los Angeles and the US, west of the Mississippi River. Read more.


External Cladding Audit Finds Fault with 83 Melbourne High-Rises

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18 Feb 2016, Melbourne, Australia

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) says just over half of 170 buildings audited buildings were found to be non-compliant in using external wall cladding materials that failed the combustibility requirements for a high-rise. Read more.


Fatal Elevator Accident at Istanbul’s Torun Center Prompts Calls for Stricter Safety Standards

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01 Feb 2016, Istanbul, Turkey

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged Turkish authorities to carry out a full investigation of the causes of a fatal elevator accident on the construction site of the Torun Center, which killed ten. Read more.


Tokyo Launches High-Rise Fire Rescue Helicopters

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07 Jan 2016, Tokyo, Japan

The Tokyo Fire Department has introduced a new helicopter unit to help fight high-rise building fires. The development follows a near doubling of high-rise fires in Tokyo and rapid growth in the number of high-rise buildings. Read more.


CTBUH Expert Weighs in on Dubai High-Rise Fire

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05 Jan 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Working with all available information, CTBUH Fellow and fire safety expert Simon Lay considers this most recent high-rise fire, its causes, and the potential impact it might have on the industry moving forward. Read more.


Dubai Blaze Raises Questions over Gulf Skyscraper Cladding

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04 Jan 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A blaze that engulfed a Dubai skyscraper on New Year's Eve – the emirate's third high-rise fire in three years – has raised fresh questions about the safety of materials used on the exteriors of tall buildings across the region. Read more.


Fire Breaks out in Chicago’s Hancock Center

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23 Nov 2015, Chicago, United States

Five people were injured, including a Chicago Police officer, in a two-alarm fire on November 21 at Chicago's iconic John Hancock Center. The fire broke out at approximately 2:30 pm inside an apartment bedroom on the 50th floor. Read more.


Fire Halts Construction of Myanmar’s Tallest Building

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18 Nov 2015, Yangon, Myanmar

City engineers in Yangon were busy inspecting the site of what has been planned as Myanmar’s tallest building after a fire broke out in the early-morning hours of November 17 on the building's in-progress 22nd floor. Read more.


Civil Defense Authorities to Increase Building Inspections in Sharjah

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02 Nov 2015, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

The Sharjah Civil Defense authority has committed to increasing the number of inspection visits to buildings in the emirate after a massive fire gutted all residential units in a high-rise building in September. Read more.


Japanese Construction Firm Admits to Faulty Construction in Yokohama

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26 Oct 2015, Yokohama, Japan

Following several media reports, one of Japan’s largest chemical companies, has admitted that a subsidiary that builds residential homes performed substandard work and falsified data on apartment towers it built in Yokohama. Read more.