National Children's Hospital construction uses insulation that was used in Grenfell Tower
The board of the hospital said it is "closely monitoring" the ongoing inquiry into the tragedy
The insulation that was used in the Grenfell Tower in London is being used in the construction of the National Children's Hospital.
The board of the hospital has moved to defend the use of the insulation material, stating the hospital is "fully compliant" with building regulations.
It has confirmed that it is "closely monitoring" the ongoing inquiry into the tragic fire in West London which claimed 72 lives and saw 74 people hospitalised.
The insulation is made by Irish company Kingspan and Celotex and is certified under full scale fire testing that takes place for a building of the National Children's Hospital's scale, the Irish Examiner reports.
In a statement to Dublin Live, Kingspan said: "K15’s use on the hospital façade is fully compliant with building regulations. A total of 15 BS 8414 tests using systems incorporating current K15 have successfully met the relevant criteria set by BR 135.
"K15 constituted 5.2% of the rainscreen insulation boards ordered for use on Grenfell Tower, and Kingspan had no knowledge that its product was being used until after the fire. The system used on Grenfell Tower was not compliant with Building Regulations, was unsafe, and should not have been used. Kingspan condemns any actions that do not
Under heights of 18 metres, the product is deemed safe - the National Children's Hospital, which is between three and four storeys, is below this height.
On the higher parts of the building, mineral fibre insulation is used.