Rockwool casts doubts over Grenfell fire tests

Grant Prior 6 months ago
Share

Rockwool has cast doubts over the value of government fire tests in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

And the insulation giant is calling for a simplification of the building regulations to simply classify materials as combustible or non-combustible.

In a statement the firm said: “This test series was designed to give owners of potentially unsafe buildings immediate guidance on reducing fire risk based on current UK regulations.

“While certainly relevant, the tests were nevertheless conducted under ideal conditions that do not reflect real-world construction experience, nor allow for a margin of error either in installation or material performance over time.

“The test results’ value as a guide for the significant regulatory changes that are required is therefore limited.

“The fact that more than 95 percent of buildings screened and covered by the large scale tests fail to meet current fire safety standards clearly demonstrates the ambiguity, complexity, and confusion that exists among landlords and local authorities regarding compliance with the standards as well as an urgent need for clearer guidance on UK building regulations.

“Current UK regulations and practice have allowed tall buildings to be wrapped in combustible cladding and insulation.

“We believe that to truly ensure public safety and building resilience, the UK should adopt a simple binary system – with building materials classified as either combustible or non-combustible.

“We also believe the UK should follow the example set elsewhere in Europe that only non-combustible cladding and insulation be allowed on mid- to high-rise buildings.

“This system would be a simple, easily implemented, and effective way to safeguard lives and property.

“Individuals, organisations and authorities responsible for or living in tall buildings should ask themselves whether it makes sense to wrap their buildings in combustible materials.

“It’s hard for us to imagine a scenario where it’s worth taking that risk.”

Latest news

Almacantar chief in Twitter tirade against McAlpine

Mike Hussey says he would not trust contractor to 'deliver a pizza'
11 hours ago

Persimmon chiefs hand back £50m after bonuses outcry

Persimmon bosses waive second instalment of bonuses
12 hours ago

Colas and Volker to exit huge London highways contract

CVU joint venture and TfL agree to part company early on eight-year framework
1 day ago

Lendlease on board for £4bn London Euston district

Arup and Grimshaw will now work on Euston plans
21 hours ago

Carillion cracked hospital beams remedial work unfinished

Auditors and pension regulator heavily criticised by MPs
1 day ago

Amey Rail snaps up Carillion rail projects saving 700 jobs

Projects in the East Midlands, London and North West England back on track
2 days ago

Willmott Dixon gets start date for £49m Colston Hall revamp

Work to start in June on major regeneration for Bristol landmark
22 hours ago

Boost your online presence with the new Enquirer Directory

New site for suppliers and buyers will showcase their products, services and latest stories
4 months ago

Betting Spy: England to win the Calcutta Cup

England can cover the handicap in the Six Nations while West Ham have it all to do as usual at Anfield
22 hours ago

Carillion bosses dodge pension black hole

Accounts show one pension scheme was in surplus while the rest had an £800m deficit
2 days ago

Morgan Sindall profits soar as margins restored

Fit-out and construction deliver strong profit growth as 2018 set to be bumper year
2 days ago

Centre Point Tower developer claws back £1m from McAlpine

McAlpine counts cost of row over design and build or construction management route for London tower
2 days ago

Sisk vows to complete joint venture jobs after Lagan collapse

Contractor will complete Highways England schemes on its own
2 days ago

Suspended sentence for scaffolder spotted without harness

Court hears how experienced worker chose to ignore safety rules
2 days ago

Construction slave labour ring smashed in East London

Fifty Eastern European workers saved after exploitation on sites
2 days ago

GRAHAM wins £86m Liverpool build to rent tower

Demolition work to start on waterfront site this month
2 days ago

Interserve to close power lines operation axing over 70 jobs

Power transmission firm to be wound down over next few months
3 days ago

Lagan puts construction arms into administration

Up to 200 jobs at risk as construction and building divisions hit by delays and disputes
3 days ago

Barratt looks to new building methods to boost volumes

Completions creep up by 2% as UK's largest house builder looks to use more offsite construction
3 days ago

BAM counts cost of weaker pound

UK business pre-tax profit slip of 7% to £35m due to exchange rate change
3 days ago

Galliford Try clinches £55m Leamington Spa housing project

Partnerships arm will build 375 homes for Waterloo Housing Group
3 days ago

Green light for London Deutsche Bank HQ

Developer Landsec says construction to continue once substructure is complete next March
3 days ago

Highways England calls bids for £326m Area 10

Hunt starts for maintenance and response contractor in north west
4 days ago

Carillion directors ‘contemptuous’ of pension funding

Carillion trustees alerted watchdog twice over pensions shortfall to no avail
4 days ago

Civils to start on £160m Yorkshire shopping centre

Advanced highways and infrastructure work to start this summer
4 days ago

Liverpool advances £700m Festival Park redevelopment

Willmott Dixon to carry out enabling works around Festival Garden dome base
4 days ago

Consultant Dar to build new Holborn HQ

Hunt on for contractor as Currie & Brown owner plans UK expansion
4 days ago

Another 152 Carillion staff axed taking job toll to 1,141

Staff told to pack up as fresh wave of job cuts unveiled today
4 days ago

Mace lands £350m Stevenage town centre revamp

Council picks winning developer for major town centre regeneration
4 days ago

Construction cartel whistleblowers offered £100k for tip-offs

Competition and Markets Authority targets construction in latest crackdown
4 days ago

Contractor services