Some insurance companies worldwide have stopped insuring tower blocks clad with the same sort of materials that led to the rapid spread of the fire in London’s Grenfell Tower that killed 72 people. Building regulations are also struggling to catch up with effective regulation and monitoring.
Innovative materials and performance-based designs bring unknown risks in terms of fire and safety, according to WSP’s Wayne Bretherton.
The horrific disaster at Grenfell Tower block in London is the worst fire in Britain since World War II, and it is likely the final death toll will be in the hundreds.
A similar disaster to the devastating fire at London’s Grenfell Tower could strike Australia, an expert has warned, calling for the ban of aluminium composite material cladding.