Insurers slam cladding fire tests as ‘utterly inadequate’

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ABI demands revision of full-scale mock-ups, which it says fail to replicate real world conditions adequately

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has described the full-scale tests used to demonstrate that cladding systems meet fire regulations as “utterly inadequate” and is calling for them to be revised.

It commissioned a series of experiments by the Fire Protection Association (FPA) to show that the full-scale mock-ups used for the tests do not represent real world conditions, especially where combustible materials are involved. 

The ABI is also calling for all combustible materials used in external cladding systems to be banned.

The insurers’ body said that if the insurance industry felt that not enough was being done to address its concerns the availability and cost of insurance cover “could change”.

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