Examination of Witnesses (Questions 80
TUESDAY 20 JULY 1999
80. Yes. Are you satisfied that really the regulations
cover the ageing process satisfactorily?
(Mr Field) It is very interesting because we have
only recently been discussing with the Department this particular
issue. We ourselves have recognised there may be a potential problem
here. The legislation does not necessarily address that issue
at the moment. Whether it is a real problem or not we do not know.
Maybe it should be looked at.
81. Mr Rich, can the residents of a tower block
easily identify that your material on the outside comes from your
company and that there is not a problem with it?
(Mr Rich) We cannot obviously put our name on the
front of the tower block.
82. But you would like to.
(Mr Rich) Yes. The local authority would be able to
identify where they purchased the materials from. Most manufacturers
like ourselves offer the complete system. In other words, it has
all come from one source so there is one source to go back to
if there is a problem.
83. You could almost give a guarantee for buildings
that you have installed the material on that there is not a problem?
(Mr Rich) There are some things that are outside our
specification. In other words, how windows are treated, what material
is used in the glass of the windows, so flame re-entry is always
a problem, but on the decorative cladding we are pretty sure that
our materials perform very well.
84. You are saying you provide the whole system
but you do not provide the windows?
(Mr Rich) Yes.
Chairman: If there are no more questions, can
I thank you very much for your evidence?