Has anyone else been following the unfolding debacle around flammable panels on apartment blocks?
Short story is that a couple of years ago there was a fire in a block of flats in Melbourne which turned into a major conflagration because the external cladding panels burnt like a Roman candle. It was just pure luck we didn't have a major catastrophe.
It turns out the block of flats had been fitted with a totally illegall flammable cladding. Building regulations specify non flammable cladding for obvious reasons. However builders discovered this cheap alternative and it seems that hundreds of apartment blocks have been finished with this product.
The consequence seems to be that "someone" is going to have to pay for the identification and removal of this very dangerous product and replacement with a fire proof alternative.
How dangerous is this stuff ? There have been a number of fires in apartment blocks around the world that have gone totally ferocious when these panels go up. Check out the url for skyscraper city to see what I mean
Anyone else have any knowledge of this situation ?