19 Jun '17, 3am

Claddings in Singapore not fire hazards

The cause of the fatal fire that broke out in London’s 24-storey Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017 is currently still unknown, but the speed with which it spread has been attributed to a recently-installed exterior cladding. (Photo: Designingbuildings.co.uk) The increased use of cladding, which is an extra layer made of aluminium or plastic panels covering the exterior façade of buildings, has come under close scrutiny lately, after the ventilation gaps between the building walls and cladding at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in London helped spread the fire quickly, reported Today Online. “The air in the ventilation gap behind the faced panels becomes heated by the fire and starts rising very quickly,” said Assistant Professor Michael Budig, who specialises in architecture and sustainable design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. “This causes high upward win...

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