Combustible Exterior Cladding on High Rise Buildings – A Global Concern

The June 14th 2017 tragedy involving London's Grenfell Tower has brought the problem of high rise buildings clad in combustible exterior walls to the forefront of mainstream media. One of the most prevalent hazards associated with any high-rise building is the potential for vertical fire spread. This potential exists due to fire‘s inherent behavior of spreading rapidly through combustible material in a vertical array. Vertical fire spread was amplified at Grenfell due to the combustible cladding and the combustibility of the insulation and framing behind it.
Expertise publication from Swiss Re Corporate Solutions' Risk Engineering Services team provides an analysis of the Grenfell Tower loss, along with expert risk management insights on mitigating loss in high-rise buildings.