WORLD: Cladding firm ends global sales for tower blocks

By BBC

grenfellThe US firm that supplied cladding used on London’s Grenfell Tower says it has ended global sales of the product for use in high-rise blocks.

Arconic said it was discontinuing sales of Reynobond PE for tower blocks due to “issues” identified by the fire, which is feared to have killed at least 79.

The government said 75 buildings in 26 council areas had now failed fire safety tests – every one tested so far.

Theresa May said councils need to speed up tower block safety tests in England.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid said all hospitals and schools had also been asked to carry out “immediate checks”.

He said the fact all tested samples had failed the so-called combustibility test underlined the “vital importance of submitting samples urgently”.

“The testing facility can analyse 100 samples a day and runs around the clock. I am concerned at the speed at which samples are being submitted.

“I would urge all landlords to submit their samples immediately,” Mr Javid told the House of Commons.

Four more Grenfell fire victims’ inquests have been opened and adjourned, including that of a boy aged five.

The body of Isaac Paulos, who lived with his family on the 18th floor, was found on the 13th floor, Westminster Coroner’s Court was told.

A preliminary cause of his death was given as “inhalation of fire fumes”.

The inquests of Mary Ajaoi Augustus Mendy, 54, her daughter Khadija Saye, 24, and Mohamednur Tuccu, 44, were also opened.

Questions about the cladding used on Grenfell Tower, in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, were raised in the days after the fire.

Engineering and manufacturing company Arconic later confirmed Reynobond PE (polyethylene) – an aluminium composite material – was “used as one component in the overall cladding system” of the block.

The material has a plastic core, which it is feared may have helped accelerate the spread of the fire.

In a fresh statement, the firm said it had stopped sales of Reynobond PE for tall buildings, citing concerns about the “inconsistency of building codes across the world”.

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, issues have arisen “regarding code compliance of cladding systems”, it added.

Cladding from as many as 600 tower blocks across England is being tested for safety.

Housing minister Alok Sharma told the BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme some councils were acting “very quickly”.

Mr Sharma added: “People should not wait for the checks to come back from these (tests).

“They should act now, get the fire service in, check the buildings that they think may be affected, put in place mitigation measures, if required, or, as in the case of Camden, if they need to evacuate, that needs to happen.”

Insulation and cladding taken from Grenfell Tower failed preliminary safety tests last week.

Despite the prime minister promising to rehouse all of the tower block’s residents within three weeks, Mr Javid says this might not be possible.

“For example…some of the families have first asked for something in Kensington as close as possible to where they lived but then when they have been shown the home and they see the tower and what is left of it, they have changed their minds and quite understandably said, ‘Look, we would like to have some other options,'” he said.

Mr Javid added the government was working at the residents’ pace and promised they would be made offers of housing within the three week time period.

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7 comments

  1. Now tell me, how can a building that high was designed and allowed to be built with only one set of
    exit stairs, no fire alarm system, faulty building materials, no fire drills for the Tenants, no Sprinkler System.
    79 lives went along with the Toxic Smoke, how sad. No stand by generator.

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  2. ST LUCIA IS ALL ABOUT PROFIT , NOT PROGRESS, .JUST ASK CHASTANET, GUY IDIOT JOSEPH, DUBOULAYS, DEVOIS, YOU WILL GET ANSWERS.

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  3. A few buildings in slu now have the same cladding. Some brand new one too. Who checking those?

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  4. We quick to call people idiots...wonder why.

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  5. The government should set standard's by which all manufacturers need to abide by.
    Whether domestic or foreign.

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  6. So why these idiots don't test their products before putting it on the market,79 lives lost all due to negligence, and all about the Benjamins at the cost of innocent lives.79 law suits these families need to bankroll them put them out of commission.This company set put to kill people they are the latest terrorist,forget Isis and this company is isis in the making.How could they have missed this problem in the making..79 people die all because of some damn material,peoples lives dont matter.This US firm these people are KILLERS.

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    • These ’killings ‘are carried out within the realms of the laws’ codes and regulations. It is the exploitation of grey areas when finance is a limitation and the end users lack power to demand and enforce regulations. In other words, where money is of no object, operational plans is black and white - the best material for the job is ‘X’ not ‘Y’, otherwise the end users would enact a sledge hammer comeback in defence of their lives and safety.

      This fire will highlight the disparity between social housing tenants and wealthy tenants. Wealthy tenants can insist of the best materials and the state of art to exploit the view in high rise buildings whilst the poor many have not chosen to live there are at the whim and mercy of profit and loss, and inadequate regulations.

      A public inquiry may find that there are domino effects of failings and negligence by many parties: government, local authorities, building contractors even the manufacturer of the fridge. My fear is that investigations can turn into a wrangling for the largest purse to bear the cost rather than get at the heart of problem, and the unfortunate victims can be ignored and forgotten, the problem will continue and no lesson will be learnt.

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