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Grenfell: London fire chief calls for urgent research on ‘buildings that fail’


We’ve tried this, it was called the Building Research Establishment (BRE), set up in the 1920s, it used to test all manner of things and materials, and write the building regulations. Then it was privatised in 1997, and became part of the problem rather than the solution. Pursuing commercial ends, giving fire certificates to flammable cladding, and advising government that there was no need to change the regs a year before Grenfell. I understand that it is now failing and made 100 scientists redundant this year.

Posted date

17 October, 2019

Posted time

5:41 pm