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December 14, 2017

Is the cladding on your building a fire hazard? Here's a new tool that can assess the risk

  • Many buildings are covered with synthetic materials that can burn fast and hot, and sprinklers can't stop those fires.
    Associated Press

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    Combustible exterior paneling fueled the flames that enveloped Grenfell Tower on June 14, killing 71 people in London.

    ATLANTA — Six months after flames engulfed a London high-rise and sparked concerns about similarly clad buildings around the world, a U.S.-based fire prevention group has developed a tool aimed at making buildings safer.

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