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LONDON — Structures around the world are being examined for fire risks posed by a metal and plastic exterior covering similar to the one blamed for fueling last month’s fatal blaze at a London high-rise apartment building.
The June 14 fire at Grenfell Tower that killed at least 80 people has prompted property owners and fire inspectors in numerous countries to check plastic insulation and aluminum panels used on the outside of buildings to determine if they need to be replaced.
External coverings, or cladding, is common worldwide on apartment buildings, schools, offices and hospitals.
Authorities in the western German city of Wuppertal evacuated an 11-story apartment building because its insulation was found to be flammable. In Australia, at least 2,700 buildings in New South Wales were scheduled to remove cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower, local media reported.
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank decided to replace cladding on its new headquarters because of safety concerns. The United Arab Emirate’s fire safety and life protection code was recently revised after numerous building fires fueled by flammable cladding in recent years, Gulf Business reported.
In the United States, the Cleveland Browns football stadium has cladding “similar if not identical” to the panels on Grenfell, but it poses “zero risk to the fans,” said the city’s chief building official, Thomas Vanove.
The same aluminum panels covering London’s Grenfell Tower are listed in a U.S. company’s brochure as adding a “stunning visual effect” to an NFL stadium and a Baltimore hotel. Learning what other U.S. buildings have the panels is not easy….