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Friday, June 16, 2017

Cheap Building Materials May Have Made the London Tower Blaze Even Worse

According to news reports since the fire, the answer, in part, seems to lie in cladding that was applied to the building as part of a refurbishment completed last year. Described as "rain screen cladding," it was added partly to improve the appearance of the building. A London newspaper has suggested that the cladding was to make the raw concrete tower less ugly when seen from new luxury housing nearby.

via www.popularmechanics.com

It seems the cladding was almost entirely decorative. In retrospect, a really stupid idea. I'm in London at the moment and the fire is all over the news. The people in the fire never had much of a chance. Reports of children screaming as they burned and many others are heartbreaking.

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The reports I've seen say that the cladding was meant as an energy-efficiency measure. In other words, it's been a case of Greens killing people again. She's a heartless goddess, Gaia.

"A London newspaper has suggested that the cladding was to make the raw concrete tower less ugly when seen from new luxury housing nearby." An idea that's pretty implausible unless you believe that every other tower that was clad in the same way was done for the same motive. Anyway, why would the local council and the tenant management company give a hoot about the view from houses nearby? The people who bought those houses bought them knowing that the tower block was there.

Posted by: dearieme | Jun 17, 2017 6:05:52 AM

You should have a look at Christopher Booker in this morning's Telegraph. I link to him here:
http://www.unz.com/jthompson/towers-of-fire/#comment-1907855

Posted by: dearieme | Jun 18, 2017 5:43:04 AM

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