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Housing minister was warned of poor fire regulations two months ago

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The photograph attached to this article is interesting. It shows that most of the insulation behind the void, is charred but intact. Also most of the sub-frame to create the rainscreen cavity has also survived, but that might have been a top-hat for the insulation thickness, and the rainscreen framing was isolated aluminium system outboard of that? The outer skin has obviously completely gone, and the air-space bracketry (and maybe rails) with it. The window frames have buckled but not melted. From that picture, you might ask what burned -what was the fuel for the external fire? Suggest the flat panels, since there don't appear to be any lying on the ground. Will be interesting to see the test data on the product when it is revealed. Properly fire-stopped rainscreen is an excellent solution for weatherproofing buildings.I would hope that there is not a knee-jerk reaction by legislators -who don't necessarily get the best advice- to ban it. I don't know if our profession is equipped any more to give convincing product and specification advice however, we ran away from such responsibilities decades ago. I suspect this disaster will encourage more and more architects to finish their involvement with projects as soon as they get planning permission, and our profession will get even more marginalised.

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20 June, 2017

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12:09 pm

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