UK system of lab testing fails to reflect how materials burn in the real world, says insurers’ report

The British system for fire testing building materials is utterly inadequate and underestimates the ferocity and spread of real blazes, a study commissioned after the Grenfell Tower disaster has claimed.

Full-scale laboratory tests of the combustibility of walls have been essential in assessing whether cladding on hundreds of highrises meet fire regulations after the blaze in west London that killed 71 people.

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