Grenfell: Manufacturer warned fire would 'race up' cladding

The Grenfell Tower fire in west London killed 72 people The manufacturer of the plastic foam insulation that burned on Grenfell Tower admitted a year before the disaster that fire would “love to race up” combustible cladding. Rob Warren, technical director at Celotex, made the claim in an email […] Click here to view original…

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Developers trying to avoid 18m cladding rule, government official says

Buildings above this height banned from using combustible cladding Some developers are deliberately constructing buildings just below 18m in height to avoid current restrictions rather than improve building safety, a government expert has warned. Under regulations introduced in December 2018, buildings of 18m or more are banned from using […] Click here to view original…

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Grenfell Tower fire: Firms 'knew cladding would fail in fire'

Companies involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower knew a planned cladding system would fail in the event of a fire, emails suggest. The evidence was presented to the public inquiry into the fire at the London high-rise block. The 2017 disaster killed 72 people. The inquiry’s second phase, […] Click here to view original…

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Cladding ban extension is ‘welcome step forward’ – ABI

Building owners will be named if remediation to remove unsafe cladding has not begun warned the housing secretary The Association of British Insurers’ (ABI) has welcomed new measures to improve building standards from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The new measures extend the cladding ban […] Click here to view original…

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Final Bristol tower block with Grenfell-like cladding to have it removed

The final tower block in Bristol that still has Grenfell-like cladding will have it removed this spring, it has been revealed. Eclipse Tower, above Harvey Nichols in Cabot Circus, has the same combination of materials as the London building where an inferno killed 72 people in June 2017. Residents […] Click here to view original…

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Manifesto 2020: Biba to work with government to combat lack of professional indemnity cover for construction sector

The membership organisation presents five calls for action to help facilitate access to affordable PI insurance Broker membership organisation Biba has outlined five calls for action within its 2020 manifesto, urging the government and industry to do more to tackle the “severe shortage of professional indemnity insurance” for those […] Click here to view original…

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