Con­cerns about ma­te­ri­als used on flats

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

Fol­low­ing the re­cent state­ment that the ma­te­ri­als used in the pan­els of the Gren­fell Tower block in Lon­don were not fit for pur­pose, I am con­cerned about the ma­te­ri­als used, as ad­vised, to in­su­late our homes; in par­tic­u­lar cav­ity wall in­su­la­tion.

Cav­ity wall in­su­la­tion works on the prin­ci­ple that if we fill the void be­tween the in­ner and outer wall of a build­ing with some heat re­tard­ing foam or beads, it will re­sult in greater heat re­ten­tion in that build­ing.

How­ever, my con­cern is not in the prin­ci­ple but if, as found in tower blocks across the United King­dom, the ma­te­ri­als used as an in­su­lant are not also heat re­tar­dant, it could re­sult in a fire in the cav­ity.

This could pro­vide a per­fect fun­nel for a fire to spread to other parts of the house, par­tic­u­larly the loft.

It fol­lows, there­fore, that some ran­dom sam­pling be done as a check on all in­su­lat­ing ma­te­ri­als used past and present which would al­le­vi­ate my con­cerns. John Ste­wart Wood Ad­dress sup­plied

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