Saffron would like to reassure its customers and stakeholders that the external insulation which has been applied to Saffron homes is very different to the system that was applied to the exterior of Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London.
For Saffron homes external insulation has only been fitted to one and two storey homes with a solid masonry construction to the main walls and the insulation board attached is “sandwiched” by both the main masonry based structure and a mineral based render finish to the outside, there is no real possibility that the walls could ignite in the event of a fire and spread as happened in the tragedy at Grenfell Tower.
The system at Grenfell Tower had an insulant that had an air gap (cavity) in front of it and was finished with a rain screen cladding made from aluminum that was filled with polyethylene. The system fitted to Saffron homes has no cavity and the insulation board is completely sandwiched with brick and mortar on one side and a mineral (cement) based render on the other with no rain screen cladding.
There are no concerns regarding the system fitted and it has been passed by Building Control and has been certified by the British Board of Agrément (BBA). The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have been in touch with all Housing Associations and Local Authorities and their main concern is with those buildings that have a similar system applied to the exterior of Grenfell Tower and that are over 18m in height.
All Saffron homes should have a working smoke alarm (hard wired or battery operated) which should be tested monthly by the occupier. If your home does not have a smoke alarm or if you have concerns about this please do not hesitate to contact us on 01508 532000.