Rockwool, where non-combustible building insulation were made, claims a firm owned by plastic insulation manufacturer Kingspan was given the control of key elements of the tests . This includes some that “can have a direct bearing on the pass/fail outcome.” The Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 71 people in June 2017, spread up combustible plastic insulation and plastic-filled ACM cladding panels that have been wrapped around the Kensington tower block in west London. This is to meet energy-saving targets.
Moreover, Government’s assurance about the safety of combustible cladding on high-rise buildings has been questioned. It comes after a claim that the plastics industry “influenced” official fire tests carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Kingspan revealed to Sky News in a statement that the positions of the fire thermocouples and barriers by Booth Muirie were copied from a previous test at BRE.
The tests were carried out “using the test methodology required” with 32 thermocouples used for each test. The independent advisory panel announced the result last year saying they will help landlords make decisions on any further measures that may need to be put in place to make their buildings safe.” In addition, the Fire Protection Association called for a more realistic test for cladding. The Metal Cladding and Roofing Manufacturers Association, on the other hand, issued guidance in November 2017.
According to Sky News, Kingspan added, “This was designed to ensure test integrity and comparability of test outcomes and data, a methodology that was fully agreed with DCLG. Booth Muirie had no role in the October 2016 test.”
Furthermore, these tests were carried out with the advice of the Government’s independent expert panel on building safety. It was established after the tragic event in the Grenfell Tower fire. Truly, a support from bank deposits would be of huge help.