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UK: cracking windows problem at Scots Parliament

A glazing firm has been asked to check its work at the Scottish Parliament following claims that paper sunscreens could cause the windows to crack.
Some workers in the GBP 431 million building have b…

A glazing firm has been asked to check its work at the Scottish Parliament following claims that paper sunscreens could cause the windows to crack. Some workers in the GBP 431 million building have been told not to tape paper sunscreens to their outer windows in case this cracks the glass. A spokesman for the parliament said two panes of glass had cracked since the building opened in October 2004, and contractors had said paper could cause a build-up of heat which might damage the glass. “Parliament“s experts believe the contractor who installed the glass is responsible, ” he said. “Samples have been sent away for more tests. The company has claimed the heat build-up associated with temporary paper blinds has caused the cracks.” “We reject this idea entirely, but for the time being, anyone putting up paper blinds is being advised to keep them away from the surface of the glass.” The spokesman added: “We have asked the company to check their work and replace any glass that is below the standards required.” The problem affects the inner layer of glass and not the outer, bomb-proof pane.

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