lots of position statements on modern methods of construction #MMC as @NFCC_Chair highlights the dangers (thread)

Excellent points from @emmadentcoad on modern methods of construction #MMC

Wed do well to listen to the Ex MP who championed post #grenfell response & legislative overhauls.
Contrasting view on modern methods of construction #MMC from @Ivan_McKee
Position statement from @NFCC_FireChiefs on modern methods of construction #MMC
There’s a whole industry pushing modern methods of construction but are the safety concerns being addressed?
@GOVUK @gov_procurement has committed to modern methods of Construction #MMC but at what cost?
Now let’s look at what can go wrong with modern methods of construction #MMC

Case 1 #RonanPointDisaster Large panel systems #LPS

1968 Standard article reflects an early #BuildingSafetyCrisis which saw high-rise blocks across the UK strengthened.

Then @LedburyAction 2017
Case study 2 Timber Construction

From #timberframe to #modularconstruction & tall timber including CLT & GLULam

Particular vulnerabilities during construction to talk of char rates on highrise timber constructs - devastating fire loss cases & risks to #firefighters

Case study 3 #Grenfell

Straightforward over-cladding project using modern cladding systems & materials and internal refurbishment

Combination for root cause failure of @govuk building and fire safety standards to a rouges gallery of compounding failures

72 lost souls 💚
Case 3 continued

After #Grenfell the numbers stated racking up for hundreds to thousand & just under 10,000 impacted mid to high-rise blocks

Block impacted in the UK & an emerging global #BuildingSafetyCrisis

Case 3 often left to residents to bear the brunt of the #BuildingSafetyCrisis

Left to kitchen table resident and community campaigners - supported to too few #fireexperts brave enough to speak out.

They primed @govuk to step-in with £5,100,000,000 vs developers £4bil pledge
From #ACM + plastic petrol to #HPL & now #EPS we simply do not know the extent of the #BuildingSafetyCrisis globally

Case 4 HPL headlines - Experts demand urgent removal of cladding from tower blocks

Case 5 following the petitions on #ACM & #HPL - I begged @luhc during @londoncouncils fire directors meetings to test #EPS render systems

Late autumn 2019 they confessed EPs hadn’t made the non-acm fire test regime.

See my long thread which I’ve recently updated on #EPS
Case 6 Domestic low-rise #firestopping & #CavityBarrier issues

Also in 2019 I assisted @BBCWatchdog with pre-production expert comments on this scathing investigation

We really don’t know how big the #BuildingSafetyCrisis is or how much it will cost.

Case 7 Hospital fire safety (thread)

In 2020 I wrote to the then PM @BorisJohnson + a raft of stakeholders in an open letter highlighting #hospitalfiresafety concerns

Defective multimillion £ PFI farces to outdated HTM fire code & other issues
Case 8 Scottish Hospitals Inquiry

Investigating a range of fire safety issues at the Glasgow QEH (pic 2) & Edinburgh Sick kids (pic 3) hospitals coming inquiry under scrutiny.

Case 9 headlines - contractor settles on £140mil Northumbria Hospital claim.

Case 10 Scottish Schools PFI failures.

Need I say more:

A BBC investigation has found similar defects that led to the closure of 17 schools in Edinburgh in schools across various cities, bringing the total number of dangerous schools to 88.

Case 11 Paragon Estate: 1,000 modular homes evacuated

Such were the fire safety & structural defects - 858 residents were evacuated with little notice

@NFCC_FireChiefs is correct to push back on modern methods of construction but how did @GOVUK miss it?

Case 12 Bristol to reclad 38 blocks following #EPS fire scare.

This hit the express just a few days ago but did @govuk heed the warnings raised by many post #Grenfell?

As we brace for the #FireSafetyAct in 2023 + the #BuildingSafetyAct down the line.

Key question to @govuk have we covered all the bases or is #Grenfell2 lurking in our midst.
Finally - impress upon:
responsible ministers,
regulatory bodies,
#builtenvironment leaders, emergency services
+ wider public

To embrace “listen loudly” sentiments in my recent @IFSJournal2020 #firesectoe influencers article

Failure may well be counted in lives lost
⚠️ #Update

modern methods of construction #MMC

modern construction materials #MCM

Came across this post by @BBACerts - need to drill down the links to the BBA cert

This material is Class F to BS EN 13501-1 2007

@beisgovuk @luhc why are we still allowing such materials

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More from @SteveMcfirerisk

Jul 17
@andrewjteacher @GeorgeNHammond @ftweekend @GrenfellUnited @officialJ4G Also worth reading a the earlier #Australian #LacrosseFire ruling which may present a cost recovery option for the contractor under vicarious liability against project principals

Three appealed but judge also found against them.

@andrewjteacher @GeorgeNHammond @ftweekend @GrenfellUnited @officialJ4G Then there’s this gem of a case & ruling also upheld on appeal

Sahib Foods Ltd v Paskin Kyriakides Sands (a firm) [2003] EWCA Civ 1832

Hence predict stormy waters ahead for developers, contractors, architects, specifies, consultant (fire) engineers etc

@andrewjteacher @GeorgeNHammond @ftweekend @GrenfellUnited @officialJ4G Finally there’s the post #grenfell remediation cases where the mistakes of the past & present are being quietly swept under the carpet
housing providers charging leaseholders again for another round of fire door works
manufactures + test houses lobbying @GOVUK
Read 4 tweets
Jun 25
Remember this one as clear as day - 23 June 2017 week after #grenfell

Was waiting on the bus home - absolutely shattered (thread)

Grenfell fire: Theresa May attacked by fire safety expert for not treating disaster as national emergency independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-n…
Call came in from @gtubbsky @skynews back of 8pm 23 June 2017

Gerard: Steve we have another one

Me: another #Grenfell

Gerard: no! five tower blocks in Camden are being evacuated

Me: let me check the jumbo tv (in Woolwich Sq normally showing @BBCNews)
Me Put me on now

Gerard - going live 3, 2, 1

I recall saying:

where the hell is Teresa May,

why hasn’t Parliment been recalled,

why hasn’t COBRA been convened,

where is the Home Office & MHCLG fire experts

this is turning into a PR disaster for Local Authorities
Read 21 tweets
May 7
Everyone should brace for a lot more of this whether a leaseholder, shared owner or social housing tenant

Many building owners & operators have been in a holding pattern until #FireSafetyAct + #BuildingSafetyAct became law

Some will await secondary legislation & guidance 1/
Some will postpone until the 11th hour - however demand is outstripping supply of labour, goods & services

As a result of #brexit + #covid labour & material costs are more expensive now than 5yrs previous when #Grenfell exposed a #buildingsafetycrisis /2
Additional stressors disrupting global markets increases costs from #suezcanalcrisis to #UkraineRussianWar have sent fuel & material costs sky rocketing, all with oncost, profit & vat at every level.

Literally the shop has sailed & any remediation will cost infinitely more /3
Read 16 tweets
May 7
Thinking of the lost souls & injured to the #HavanaHotelExplosion + #MadridResidentialexplosion

We lost uncle John’s family of 4 to the 1985 #KingsParkGasExplosio

Please ensue your gas appliances are serviced annually by @GasSafeRegister engineers or equivalent in your country
February 2021 we called on @govuk to investigate an alarming spike in gas explosions in the following an investigation by @adamtomforrest @Independent

With fuel costs set to rise we are deeply worried that the instance of gas explosions may rise in the UK & safety gas remain
Forgive the date typo which should read 29/11/1985

always hard covering each gas explosion & reminders of our own family’s loss

One morning uncle John’s family of four were gone - with an undetected gas leak + flick of a switch or boiler detonating the explosive atmosphere.
Read 5 tweets
May 6
⚠️ Breaking News #MadridExplosion

Also hitting the headlines is reports of another gas explosion in a #Madrid residential block.

17 injured & one critical

Explosion in Madrid building injures at least 17 as more victims feared trapped under rubble itv.com/news/2022-05-0…
⚠️ Update #Madrid #Spain #Explosion

2 confirmed dead and 17 injured following an explosion in the upmarket residential area of Madrid

Press DMs open for fire and gas safety expert comments.

⚠️ Update #MadridExplosion

@Independent confirms two dead following a gas explosion in a residential block in Madrid Spain.

Significant emergency services response on scene.
Read 8 tweets
May 6
⚠️ News Flash

Reports of a massive explosion at a hotel in #Cuba - four fatalities confirmed.

Local reports suggest a gas explosion & other causes currently ruled out at this time.

⚠️Update #HavanaExplosion #Cuba

Breaking need Cuba - four confirmed dead & 19 injured as a hotel is destroyed in what’s thought to be a gas explosions

Rescue services have the difficult task of persons recovery

Press DMs open fire & gas safety expert

⚠️ #Cuba #HavanaExplosion

Preliminary investigations suggest the case of the explosion was a gas leak.

From the footage & images posted on social media damage indicated a significant had build-up & explosive atmosphere developed until ignition.

Read 15 tweets

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