UK - Reform of fire tests of building materials
Friday, 04 27 2018, Category: Insurance and Reinsurance, Country: United Kingdom
British laboratory tests on the fire safety of building materials are inadequate, research for the insurance industry in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire showed on Wednesday.
At least 71 people died in the fire in the social housing block in west London in June 2017.
Test fires for buildings only use wood, whereas plastic makes up 20 percent of the material in actual fires, according to the research commissioned by the Association of British Insurers.
Grenfell Tower was clad in plastic-filled aluminum panels.
Source: Insurance Journal