External cladding that does not meet fire safety requirements have been found in 15 buildings, including Clementi Fire Station, our Tampines Hub, blocks at Singapore Polytechnic and luxury condominiums The Peak @ Cairnhill I and II.
Another 21 buildings are suspected of having uncertified cladding and will be tested in the coming days.
This was announced by the SCDF yesterday.
The use of the combustible padding was discovered after investigations into a fire that broke out at an industrial building at 30 Toh Guan Road in May which claimed the life of a 54-year-old woman.
SCDF found that the composite panels used as cladding on the building’s external walls were combustible and not certified as Class 0 as required under the Fire Code.
To date, Clementi Fire Station and 2 McDonald’s outlets have removed the combustible cladding.
The distributor of the cladding, Chip Soon Aluminium says it is shocked at the discovery.
The local company said in a statement:
“We have been shocked and dismayed to learn from the SCDF that they believe that FRB1 and FRB2 may not be of the requisite Class ‘O’ standard as required under the Singapore Fire Code, as we have always believed these products to be fully compliant and properly certified. We understand from the manufacturer that these products have been used for building cladding in other countries.”
Chip Soon says it is “demanding a response from the manufacturer of the products on the products’ compliance with the appropriate standards”.
It will not be supplying these products until the issues are resolved.
The SCDF says that Chip Soon had mixed 2 different models of the cladding, Alubond FRB1 and FRB2 at its warehouse and supplied them to 41 buildings.
The 2 models carry different fire ratings.
FRB1 is given a Class 0 rating, which means fire will not spread along its surface when ignited.
Under the Fire Code, only Class 0 panels can be used as external cladding.
FRB2, however, carries the Class 1 rating which is less flame-retardant and is approved for use on roofs or interiors.