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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16890: Graham Simpson (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the contribution that combustible insulation makes to (a) fire spread and (b) the production of toxic smoke.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 11 June 2018

The building regulations recognise that combustible construction products, including insulation, can contribute to the spread of fire in buildings. This is why the use of combustible materials is limited depending on various factors, such as the type of building, its height and the location of the combustible material.

As it is usually the furniture and fittings that are the initial source of fuel for a fire in a building, the smoke produced by these has most influence on dangerous conditions for occupants being reached. Experience shows that external or encapsulated building materials, such as wall insulation, do not usually significantly add to the production of toxic smoke within the building itself.