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Kingspan Insulation UK and the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

 

Thank you for visiting. This site is intended to provide information and contacts relating to Kingspan Insulation UK's involvement as a core participant in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry.

The Grenfell Tower fire was a tragedy that should never have happened, and Kingspan supports the vitally important work of the Inquiry to determine what went wrong and why. We extend our deepest sympathies to the relatives and survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

We had no role in the Grenfell Tower refurbishment. However, our Kingspan Insulation UK business is a core participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and fully supports the Inquiry’s important work.

We understand that this is a complex topic, but there are some important facts that we would like to explain:

1. We did not make the exterior cladding on Grenfell Tower.  The Inquiry itself has stated that "the principal reason” for rapid fire spread on Grenfell was the Polyethylene cored ACM cladding used on the exterior of the building.  No facade system using this PE ACM cladding, regardless of the insulation used, would have passed the necessary fire tests. Our K15 insulation board was misused in this unsafe and non-compliant system.

2. We did not supply or recommend K15 to Grenfell Tower. K15 made up approximately 5% of the insulation layer of the façade system. It was substituted without our knowledge.

3. We have completed new tests which support the previous fire safety claims of the three historical K15 large-scale system tests which came into question during the Inquiry process.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the wholly unacceptable historical issues in testing, marketing and advice which emerged throughout the course of the Inquiry discovery process. We have sincerely apologised for these actions by a small group of employees at our Kingspan Insulation UK business. This in no way reflects Kingspan’s culture or values. These actions were not however causative of the Grenfell Tower fire.

We have absolute confidence in the safety of K15 when installed correctly in appropriate external wall systems. We now have 14 successful different BS8414 system tests containing K15. We therefore welcome the recent BSI guidance (PAS 9980), sponsored by the UK Government, which supports the retention of safe systems with K15 where there is appropriate system testing evidence, in the context of an overall building Fire Risk Assessment.

Kingspan will pay our share of remediation costs where we have responsibility for the inappropriate use of K15 in a high-rise residential building, and its safe retention cannot be supported by testing. We first made this commitment in February 2021 and continue to stand by it.

A more detailed explanation of these issues and others which have emerged during the course of the Inquiry is available in our Module 2 closing statement. A list of the extensive set of measures  put in place across our business to ensure that these historical process and conduct shortcomings can never occur again is available in our statement of February 19th 2021. Both can be found in the Media Statements page on this site.

A dedicated team and process has been established to support any incoming queries regarding the historical use of K15 in high-rise residential buildings.You can contact them through the Technical Advice & Support page on this site.