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HIGH RISE SOCIAL HOUSING: UNDERSTANDING THE FIRE RISK

One day fire seminar highlights the potential fire risk of combustible external wall insulation during the refurbishment of residential tower blocks.



“High Rise Social Housing Retrofit – Understanding the fire risk”, was held on 24th April at the Fire Service College, which trains firefighters from all over the world. It was attended by delegates from the social housing sector, the fire and rescue service, insurance industry, the architectural community and government.

The seminar, held in partnership with the Fire Protection Association (the UK’s national fire protection organisation), featured a live external wall insulation fire demonstration highlighting the potential ‘Window of Risk’ with external wall insulation during the refurbishment of residential tower blocks.

In addition to a demonstration featuring external insulation rigs some 10 metres in height, the event, hosted by Jonathan O’Neill, Managing Director of the Fire Protection Association, featured speeches from:

Andrew Corless, ROCKWOOL UK
Jan Taranczuk, The  Chartered Institute of Housing
Geoff Harris, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service
Nick Tilley, AIG

 The 10m rigs clad with exposed stone wool, phenolic foam and expanded polystyrene (with fire breaks) insulation whilst alight

To find out more about ROCKWOOL's energy efficiency solutions for social housing visit www.rockwoolsolutions.co.uk

To purchase Rockwool Insulation visit AIM’s Online Store at: www.insulationandlagging.co.uk

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