UK Orders Inquiry Into Cladding After Grenfell Tower Fire

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Pressed on whether the cladding used on Grenfell tower was legal Mrs May responded: 'My understanding is that this particular cladding was not compliant with the building regulations.

"The department is undertaking an analysis of all school buildings to identify those over four storeys high, to ensure we include all buildings that are over 18 metres in our analysis".

The 73 residents of the building in Wuppertal were either asked to stay with friends and relatives or were given access to furnished apartments, of which there is a glut, Braun said, because of preparations for refugee resettlement.

"The building owner is required to make a building regulation application to either the local authority or appoint a private company, known as an Approved Inspector, to oversee and certify that the building works meet the minimum requirements of the building regulations".

Care homes, hospices and independent hospitals around the country have also been encouraged by The Care Quality Commission to review their fire safety checks in the wake of the tragedy.

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He added that the apparent scale of the building safety crisis risked being inflated by the cladding being scrutinised in isolation, rather than as part of a whole design system which could be safe.

The U.K. government is scrambling to test panels similar to those used at the destroyed tower, hoping to better understand the national fire safety implications.

Nonetheless, Arconic advised in one brochure seen by Reuters that combustible cladding materials were a fire risk in tall buildings and that, above 30m, non-combustible materials should be used.

A number of fire safety experts believe that the Reynobond aluminium composite rainscreen cladding with polyethylene core installed at Grenfell Tower was a factor in causing the fire to spread so quickly.

But, it has emerged that he was also behind a report on the Lakanal House fire in Camberwell - which killed three women and three children in 2009 - in which he shunned the use of sprinklers.

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British police have increased the toll in the Grenfell Tower fire to 80 dead or presumed dead.

"They are interpreting that document to say the cladding should have been of limited combustibility but it doesn't actually say that; they are testing it more severely than might have been done in the past because people didn't think it required that level of testing".

A spokesman from NHS Improvement said it was supporting trusts after concerns about how much capacity local fire services have for the checks.

"We are working very hard to identify everyone who died in the fire, but the tragic reality is that due to the intense heat of the fire there are some people who we may never identify", the detective said.

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