October 8 - October 12, 2018

As a result of London's fatal Grenfell Tower fire last June, government officials in the United Kingdom officially announced a ban on combustible materials in the exterior walls of new residential buildings that are 18 meters and taller. Do you think these measures are sufficient?

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No. 60%
Yes. 33%
Other. (Please respond in the comments.) 7%

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Tagged categories: Building envelope; Building Envelope; Cladding; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Regulations

Comment from Sara O'Neil-Manion, (10/9/2018, 9:20 AM)

Eliminating combustibles from the exterior wall is a positive step, but does not address the possible accelerants and propellants contained in many interior building materials and furnishings. Better smoke detection, alarms, fire suppression systems and better than adequate exit paths are all part of the life safety design necessary for safer buildings.

Comment from Michael Halliwell, (10/10/2018, 11:49 AM)

Of course, design and construction matter too. If memory serves, part of the issue with Grenfell was the combustible panels, the other was the way they were installed made the exterior of the building, essentially, a great combustible chimney that helped the fire spread between floors.

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