4 Feb 2019

Grenfell cladding fire research shows alarming results

From Morning Report, 8:19 am on 4 February 2019

The first in-depth study of building products that burned in the fatal Grenfell Tower fire has produced alarming results. Seventy-two people died in the London apartment block fire in mid 2017. Now British researchers have found the aluminium composite panel cladding on Grenfell was 50 times more flammable than the least flammable panels. And they found the insulation gave off smoke 15 times more toxic than less flammable insulation. They are also alarmed at the flammability of another high-rise cladding product, called high-pressure laminate. Fire Science Professor Richard Hull at the University of Central Lancashire led the research and spoke to RNZ reporter Phil Pennington.