Grenfell Tower - The Actions

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ACTIONS in progress (Post Dame Judith Hackett Review )


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a - Draft Building Safety Bill

 2 February 2022  : House of Lords debate 

The draft Building Safety Bill takes forward reforms to the building and fire safety system.

 

b - Building Safety Bill Fact Sheets

Update 5 April 2022

Grenfell Inquiry hearings raised concerns about manufacturers making misleading claims about the performance of their products. The regulations that will be made under powers in the Bill will enable the National Regulator for construction products and local Trading Standards to investigate, enforce against and impose sanctions for false and misleading claims about the performance of construction products, including those made in advertisements.

Fact sheets relating to equipment and materials containing refrigerants

  

See all 31 Fact sheets relating to Building Safety Bill

New regulator to ensure safe construction materials  (Press release)

19 January 2021


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c - CCPI "Code for Construction Product* Information" 

January 2022

"It has become even clearer, as more and more evidence emerges of ways in which building safety can be compromised by inappropriate product substitution, poor installation, inadequate classification, identification and guidance on use, and in a myriad of other ways. It is vital that we take action to rebuild confidence in the supply chain but that will only happen if practices change and the system becomes much more transparent."

"I urge the Construction Products Industry to embrace the proposed Code for Construction Product Information" 

https://www.cpicode.org.uk

Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng January 2021 

"Manufacturers of Construction Products who choose to sign up to the “Code for Construction Product Information”, are agreeing to abide by the clauses in this code to give confidence to those in the supply chain using their Product Information, that it is 

clear, accurate, up-to-date, accessible and unambiguous.

The Product Information can therefore be relied upon when making decisions about using those Construction Products at any stage of design, specification, installation, use, maintenance and disposal". 

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Construction Product Information

January 2021

           

 

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See more regarding A2L flammable R32 refrigerant used in Air Conditioing equipment (click here)


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aA3 class Flammable & Explosive Refrigerant 
R600a A3 class refrigerant was introduced to domestic refrigerators & freezers in 2000 - 2004 by some manufacturers replacing A1 class non-flammable been around  (since 1928) (R12 or R134a ) ignoring warnings from industry &
 UN Fact Sheet13 . A3 class was introduced to domestic refrigerators and as a blowing agent in 2005 - 2015 aimed at removing Ozon depleteing refrigerants (CFC & HCFC).without realising that CFC & HCFC are NON_FLAMMABLE. There are 3 classes of flammability:

A1 class is fire SUPRESSOR - A2/A2L class is fire PROPAGATOR while A3 class is fire PROPAGATOR & EXPLOSIVE

Refrigerant classification
There are over 300 types of refrigerants in THREE Safety Classifications with regards to flammability, in accordance with ISO 817:2014 (E)

& ASHRAE34 International Standard clearly indicate that. A1 class non-flammable, A2/A2L flammable & A3 Highly flammable.

Greenwashing
"Greenwashing is a deceptive form of marketing that claims a company's products, policies and goals are environmentally friendly and therefore do less damage to nature, with an underlying purpose to increase profits"

Blowing Agent
Blowing agent is a substance which is capable of producing a cellular structure via a foaming process in a variety of materials that undergo hardening or phase transition, such as polymers, plastics, and metals. They are typically applied when the blown material is in a liquid stage *Note: Use of class O materials is an old out of dated national product classification (see more). Must use BS EN 13501-1 (class A1 non-combustible and non-flammable or class A2 non-combustible BUT, flammable). (see UNEP - Fact sheet 

  

4Building Cladding : Composite cladding typically consists of panels 3–5 millimetres (0.12–0.20 in) thick made of a core material sandwiched between two aluminium faces. Grenfell Tower was clad with composite panels with a polyethylene core which contributed to the fire; these panels cost about £2 less than ones with incombustible core.

5Business Cartel ; Daikin Industries/ Chemical have patented (aprox3 00+ patents) A2L flammable R32 refrigerant used in small splits air conditioning equipment and licensed the patents to Japanese (such as Mitsubishi Electric, Fugitsu, Toshiba, etc), Korean (LG & Samsung) & Chinease AC manufacturers.conditional on withdrawing current R410A non-flammable in small splits (refrigerant charge less than 3kg). This has been applied to UK & and some EU.

See more regarding A2L flammable R32 refrigerant used in Air Conditioing equipment (click here)


 

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