EXCLUSIVE: Grenfell Tower refurbishers OVER INSULATED building to avoid repeat job


A gunshot submitted during the planning process shows the developers, hired by the Duke Borough Council of Kensington and Chelsea, insulated the 120 flats obstruction to higher levels than were necessary.

A sustainability and energy proclamation submitted by engineering consultant Max Fordham in 2012 as part of the planning attention process revealed the existing concrete cladding was well below thermal insulation aims now required by building regulations.

A primary aim of the £8.6million refurbishment was to descend heat loss in winter, and summer overheating problems, through the outside insulation, new heating and windows.

However, the document went on to say that those behind the predict chose to “far exceed” the insulation levels required today, to avoid delivering to do it again in future years.

The report said: “Improving the insulation horizontals of the walls, roof and windows is the top priority of this refurbishment.

“Improving the insulation smooth outs on a solid wall construction is always best done from the freelance of the wall.


Developers behind the multi-million pound refurbishment concluded insulated Grenfell Tower.

Grenfell-FireMax Fordham

The 2012 report which recommended cushioned Grenfell Tower in excess of requirements.

“The chosen strategy is to wrap the structure in a thick layer of insulation and then over-clad with a rain cover to protect the insulation from the weather and from physical damage.”

A comestible in the report showed the target levels of insulation for Grenfell Tower outstripped the minimum level needed by 50 percent.

The report added: “The introduced insulation levels far exceed those required by building regulations.

“Insulation rises may only happen once or twice in a building’s lifetime due to the complexity and disruption created.

“For this reason we are going over and above current building bye-laws to make sure the building continues to perform well into the future.”

The procedure used meant the cladding was just over 20cm thick.

There was 15cm of insulation material, then a 5cm quash before a 3mm thick PE plastic cover with a zinc rain-proof cag.

Experts had already suggested the materials and system used to clad the faade of the concrete 24-storey block may have been responsible for the rapid spread of the heartthrobs during the blaze that has killed at least 58 people in the originally hours of Wednesday.

It has also been suggested the fire may have spread hastily at Grenfell as the cover used was a non-fire retardant version that is prohibited on buildings over 40 feet in the US and Germany.

The non-fire retardant style costs just £2 a square metre less than a safer examined version.

US firm Reynobond produces both types of panels, and it is claimed the cheaper alternative saved just £6,500 across the whole block.

Safety mavins have also suggested the air gap, for preventing moisture build up, may have impersonated as a chimney to spread fire more quickly and draw flames up.

Although no documented cause of fire has been given established and announced yet, Claire Benson, a check out fellow at London South Bank University, said: “There are two vigour factors. It could be down to the material that is used. It could be down to air circulate causing a chimney effect that can really drive a fire exact quickly. The investigation is going to be key to establishing how the fire spread and where it spread.”

A unsurpassed council health and safety expert, who advises on similar tower sketches elsewhere in the country but who did not want to be named fearing ‘whistleblower’ repercussions talked Express.co.uk: “Anything will burn if you get it hot enough, even fire impenetrable cladding. 

Insulation reforms may only happen once or twice in a building’s lifetime due to the complexity and disruption produced. For this reason we are going over and above current building orders to make sure the building continues to perform well int

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“But there is some industry speculation today that when cladding is auditioned, the gap between it and the building acts as a chimney – air would rush in and feed a negligible fire, like bellows, making it very hot and hence spread post-haste.”

Arnold Tarling, 55, of the Association of Specialist Fire Protection, identified The Sun cladding material “went up like matchsticks”.

He was under the impression the gap was moral 3cm wide, instead of 5cm, but even at that amount said it would give birth to acted as a chimney.

He said: “They clad the concrete of this construction with flammable insulation panels and rain screen cladding with a 30mm gap, which acted cognate with a chimney.

“All the burning material falls down, starting more a set fire ti below, and the flames spread up and across searching for oxygen.

“The cladding looks attractive, it’s cheap, complies with regulations and gives the building a high environmental standing. But it’s a silent killer.

Grenfell-FireMax Fordham

A cross section of the cladding used from the 2012 contemplating report.

“When this block was built, it complied with the old aroused regulations. Had it been left alone it would never have waste like this.”

The report also showed that through the position the developers were trying to meet green and sustainability benchmarks set by wide-ranging assessor BREEAM which measures “a series of categories, ranging from drive to ecology, including low impact design, carbon emissions reduction, and adaption to air change.”

The report said the council policy was for a refurbishment to achieve a “Bloody Good” score from BREEAM under its “Energy, Water and Materials cleaves.”

The council also wanted the project to comply with carbon emission demoting targets set by the then-Mayor of London Boris Johnson in 2011 and Government goals.

The report suggested: “The aim of this report is to identify how, as part of the Grenfell

Tower refurbishment stratagem, the current energy and environmental comfort problems can be addressed, and how the chosen unravels sit within the London Plan’s aim to bring existing housing stock up to the Mayor’s precepts on sustainable design and construction.

“This approach has been adopted to adorn the environmental benefits achieved through the refurbishment of the tower.

“The council recognises the Oversight’s targets to reduce national carbon dioxide emissions by 26 percent against 1990 au fait withs by 2020 in order to meet a 60 percent reduction by 2050 and when one pleases require developments to make a significant contribution towards this end.”

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced there will be a public query into the cause and spread of the fire.


Grenfell Tower after the refurbishment, and, (inset) more willingly than.

Harley Facde Ltd installed the panels.

Its managing director Ray Bailey hinted in a statement: “We will fully support and cooperate with the investigations into this throw. There will be many questions about this whole scene and so you will appreciate that it would not be appropriate for us to comment or for others to speculate on any manifestation of the fire in advance of these inquiries.

“At this time, we are not aware of any connector between the fire and the exterior cladding to the tower.”

Rydon Group Ltd watch overed the renovation project.

CEO Robert Bond said: “We have been plan with local authorities for nearly 40 years and safety and grade are integral to everything we do at Rydon.

“I will do all I can to assist in this investigation in instruct to establish what caused this tragedy.  In light of the public interrogation, we cannot make any further comment at this time.”

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