The Grenfell Tower Fire Would Not Have Happened Without EU And Climate Regulations

Watts Up With That?

Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph

When, amid all the millions of words uttered about Grenfell, are we finally going to focus on the real cause of that fire? A comment on my column last week said that “only Booker could get a link between Grenfell, the EU and global warming into a single article”. But that is precisely the point. Without those two factors, the fire could never have happened.

As I had written, all this talk about “cladding” has been looking in wholly the wrong direction. The cause of the conflagration was less to do with the “rainscreen” cladding: it was the combination of 6in of combustible Celotex insulation foam behind it with a void creating a “chimney” effect, sending the flames roaring up the building.

In 1989, after a fire in an 11-storey block in Knowsley, the Building Research Establishment was asked to devise a means that…

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