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Fire expert: Grenfell Tower tragedy 'entirely predictable'


What a horrible event. Grenfell Tower residents must be supported in any way necessary. After reading Hannah Mansell comment I am wondering who knew, what, when, and what was done. I would like to hear from manufacturers, construction companies, engineers, fire experts, politicians, civil servants and architects WHY a combustible material like EPS can be used for thermal insulation, especially external, thus fuelling facade fires. It is bizarre to use a material which burns easily and then to apply measures to make it less combustible. To add toxic HBCD to an already questionable material. Trying to prevent flames to reach it by encasing and/or shielding it with fire barriers made from non-combustible materials is bizarre. Building fires with EPS external insulation have been seen around the world for many years. Germany, France, Australia, US, Dubai. All can readily be viewed on the www. In some countries building regulations have been amended to reduce the fire risk, but WHY not just ban EPS? Simple! Cost & profit. Building cost analyses of new build & retrofit projects in Germany have shown that using a non-combustable mineral insulation material is 10-20% more expensive. The price of more safety & less risk. Profit for developers & EPS manufacturers I do not know, but my guess is ... Stop EPS. Change building regulations and keep it simple. Do not introduce better encasing, more complicated fire barriers, etc.. Fires will happen again, but the risk of spreading so incredibly fast can be reduced. Lifes can be saved.

Posted date

15 June, 2017

Posted time

11:28 am