Some high-rise buildings here will have the type of cladding being questioned after a deadly apartment block blaze – warns a fire protection engineer.
Investigators are still to determine the exact cause of the fire but there have been reports that the building’s cladding – two sheets of aluminium with a flammable low-density core – might have helped the fire spread externally.
Earlier this year New Zealand tightened up the rules for cladding used on high-rise buildings.
Fire protection engineer Michael James said some tall buildings would still have the type of cladding used in the building in London.
‘There will be some buildings that will have it on – it’s hard to say how many.
I guess the New Zealand risk profile is a little bit different – we don’t have as many tall buildings’.