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Major blaze at housing block in south-west London


Rain screen timber cladding is an accident waiting to happen. As also is the application of timber roof boards fixed over battens.. The Building Regulations need scrapping and the adoption of the IBC (International Building Code) made a priority. Occupancy separation seems not to be on the Fire Services radar; Is this not addressed in the Building Regulations? This fire should never have spread as it did. The silly fashion of slapping on timber cladding and planks wherever a surface presents itself must cease. Wood is a wonderful material but, quite frankly, UK designers seem entirely unfamiliar with its characteristics and appropriate usage.

Posted date

9 September, 2019

Posted time

3:21 pm