Company curbs sale of panels used on burned London high-rise

Fire safety experts said the fire at Grenfell Tower was a tragedy that could have been avoided, if warnings had been heeded.

All of the buildings for which external cladding samples were so far submitted failed combustibility tests, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said.

The council has also been reviewing fire safety at its low-rise communal blocks of three storeys, and any cladding used has been confirmed as having a "Class 0" (lowest risk) fire rating.

Arconic said Reynobond PE was used as one component of the overall cladding system.

Britain's deadliest fire in more than a century raced from floor to floor, forcing residents to decide: Wait for rescuers or try to escape?

The tower's cladding - panels widely used to insulate buildings and improve their appearance - was believed to have rapidly spread that blaze, which killed at least 79 people.

Workers remove cladding from Whitebeam Court, in Pendleton, Manchester, Monday June 26, 2017.

The apartments were evacuated after fire inspectors concluded that the buil. "There are fire tests done on individual products, but you need to test them combined [including insulation, cavity and fire stops] to see if they meet performance criteria for the job as a whole".




The use of Arconic's Reynobond PE cladding panels isn't allowed on tall buildings in the USA and some other countries because of the fire hazard.

Arconic's announcement came on the heels of weekend news accounts that scrutinized the United States company's decision to sell the panels for the refurbishment of Grenfell.

Cladding on a Sheffield tower block is to be removed after it failed fire safety tests.

In north London, officials trying to avoid another fire disaster sought to complete the evacuation of hundreds of apartments in four towers deemed unsafe.

The council has no plans to fit external cladding on any new council residential buildings now in development.

"The fact that all samples so far have failed the test underlines the value of the testing programme and the vital importance of submitting samples urgently", he said, adding the lab can test 100 samples a day and runs around the clock.

Last week, DCLG said councils and housing associations must "immediately" take action if they have tower blocks with flammable polyethelyne (PE) panelling like that used on Grenfell Tower, which is "unlikely to be compliant with the requirements of the current Building Regulations". The fabricator supplied its portion of the cladding system to the façade installer, who delivered it to the general contractor.

Hospitals and schools will also be tested to make sure they are not encased in combustible cladding, Downing Street said.

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