US News Fire safety double standard revealed

00:20  07 july  2017
00:20  07 july  2017 Source:   Sky News

Ireland 'needs watchdog to crack down on buildings that don’t meet fire safety standards'

  Ireland 'needs watchdog to crack down on buildings that don’t meet fire safety standards' It comes as it was revealed that Cork County Hall contains the same cladding seen at Grenfell Tower in London , where a blaze left 79 people dead earlier this month.Ms Martin has said that Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy must order a “systematic re-check” of fire safety in buildings.“It’s extremely worrying that the flammable cladding, believed to have contributed to the spread of the awful fire in Grenfell Tower, was installed here in Ireland,” she said.“We need to know how this cladding ended up being installed, and if it was used elsewhere.

Image: Flammable cladding on Grenfell Tower is thought to have contributed to the disaster.

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Improved fire safety standards that could have prevented the Grenfell Tower disaster are promoted to businesses by the same company that advises the Government on building regulations.

Fire experts say the combustible cladding blamed for the rapidly spreading fire in Grenfell Tower could never have been fitted under the stricter standards.

The scheme, known as LPCB, is owned by fire testing firm BRE, which is also paid by the Government to advise on building regulations.

BRE advises clients that cladding approved by LPCB is "reducing the risks to businesses and property".

UK's May says 120 failed fire tests in apartment blocks show wider issue

  UK's May says 120 failed fire tests in apartment blocks show wider issue Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday that 120 apartment blocks had failed fire tests in the wake of a blaze that killed 79 people at Grenfell Tower in London. May said the test failures showed that there was a wider fire safety issue that was the result of failures over many decades.She clashed with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said that the Grenfell fire should be a "wake-up call" for the government."As we have seen from the number of buildings where the cladding has failed the combustibility test ... this is a much wider issue," May said.

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Last year it told ministers that regulations were "adequate" to protect tower block residents from potentially combustible building materials.

LPCB is endorsed by the UK's chief fire and rescue adviser, Peter Holland, who is a former director of BRE.

In a document seen by Sky News he says the scheme is needed to reduce business disruption which is "bad from a PR perspective".

The head of the Fire Protection Association, Jonathan O'Neill, told Sky News that LPCB addresses shortcomings in the statutory regulations that Grenfell Tower relied on.

"Insurers are writing their own building regulations in addition to the current building regulations because the current ones just don't do the job of maintaining building integrity," he said.

BRE also makes money from the much better LPCB safety standards - the last time it disclosed how much money it made from the scheme was in 2000, where it posted a turnover of £3.3m.

In a statement BRE told Sky News: "LPCB has nothing to do with building regulations."

Investigation launched into Kildare house fire in which two men died .
The fire happened in the Tully East area.One man was aged in his 30s and the other was in his 70s.


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