Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Company curbs sale of panels used on burned London high-rise

Melody Ballard | 27 June, 2017, 05:26

He said: "Ministers talk too loosely about the "buildings or tower blocks tested" or so far".

The council has also been reviewing fire safety at its low-rise communal blocks of three storeys, and any cladding used has been confirmed as having a "Class 0" (lowest risk) fire rating. "Our product is one component in the overall cladding system; we don't control the overall system or its compliance", said the company.

In the early hours of Saturday morning many residents were either staying at two relief centres in the borough, or were being dispatched to accommodation across the capital by the council.

The UK government is scrambling to test panels similar to those used at the destroyed tower, hoping to better understand the national fire safety implications.

Photo Removing cladding from a tower block in Salford, in northwestern England, on Monday.

In 2005, Parliament passed the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, which shifted the burden for fire safety inspection from the government to business and property owners.

Meanwhile, Westminster coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox opened and adjourned the inquests into the deaths of four people in Grenfell Tower.

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Arconic Inc. (ARNC) halted sales of the cladding panels used on an apartment tower in London where a devastating fire broke out June 14, killing dozens of people.

Station manager Ben King told The Independent that "she just turned up at the station and knocked on the window and said she has some cakes for us".

Experts have warned that far more comprehensive tests on the entire cladding system are needed to establish if buildings are as at-risk as Grenfell was, including the insulation and design details such as fire stops.

Thousands of residents living on the Chalcots Estate in north London were evacuated by Camden Council on Friday evening after firefighters said they could not guarantee the safety of the buildings. "I am concerned about the speed at which samples are being submitted". This could have been because of the way the panels were combined with non-combustible mineral fibre insulation, fire breaks.

"Many former council blocks may have been sold off and have a series of long leaseholders who self-manage these blocks, who may be resistant to making changes on account of the high costs and disruption that these will inevitably entail".

Giving the latest update on cladding tests he said: "I can inform the House that as of midday today the cladding from 75 high-rise buildings in 26 local authority areas has failed the combustibility test".

Hospitals and school buildings across Britain will also have their exterior cladding tested for flammability as part of an urgent nationwide push to increase fire safety.

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