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London’s Grenfell Tower was made worse by government “green energy requirements” that allowed fire to rapidly engulf the building Wednesday, leaving at least 17 people dead and scores more wounded or missing.
While it’s unknown what sparked the fire, experts say that the cladding, or exterior insulation, created a chimney effect through which the fire rapidly spread upwards. The cladding was added to Grenfell’s exterior in 2015 as part of a $12.8 million retrofit.
The Telegraph noted that cladding “is used as an insulation to make buildings more sustainable to meet green energy requirements.” Some 30,000 buildings in the U.K. have been retrofitted with cladding to cheaply comply with green energy mandates.
Grenfell Tower became more energy efficient, but the space between the cladding and the building increased the potential damage from fires, leaving hundreds of residents at the fire’s mercy.
“There were explosions everywhere you looked, lots of bangs, blue gas coming out everywhere you looked,” Mickey Paramasivan told The Telegraph.
originally posted by: Painterz
It wasn't green energy rules that lead to this cladding being fitted.
According to the people in the block the cladding was mostly fitted to make it look more attractive on the eye for the rich people who had views of the place.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
That stuff just made the building a big chimney.
Can't believe nobody thought about that.
originally posted by: Taggart
Yup £5000, out of 12 million. Absolutely disgusting. Heads will roll for this.