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Eurisol 'regret' over BRE fire tests row

Mineral wool body issues disclaimer after using research establishment's name

EXPERTS at the Building Research Establishment have been caught up in the latest round of in-fighting among insulation manufacturers.

UK mineral wool association Eurisol has been forced to issue a disclaimer after sending out copies of test reports on rival systems incorrectly attributed to the BRE.

The row centres on fire tests carried out for Eurisol by the BRE's fire division known as Fire and Risk Sciences (FRS) - the results of which were sent out by Eurisol in a document called Case File 71438 - Composite Panels with Polyurethane Core Fire Test Results.

FRS deputy managing director Peter Field said: 'We carried out some confidential work for Eurisol and they published some of the data.

'However, it used the BRE's name which was mis-representative of the work we'd done and we asked them to publish a disclaimer.'

The Eurisol disclaimer states: 'The views expressed in the document were those of Eurisol alone and are not attributable to the BRE.

'Eurisol regrets any misunderstanding and unreservedly apologises to BRE for any confusion or inadvertent misrepresentation.'

Eurisol secretary general Ian Knight said: 'The problem came about over a misunderstanding over who sent out the report with some people inadvertently thinking it was distributed by the BRE.

'There is no problem with the results of the report which we stand by. Someone is trying to create a smokescreen to divert attention from the actual findings of the report.'

Copies of the disclaimer and mocked-up rival reports showing the spread of fires in buildings insulated with man-made mineral fibres have been sent anonymously to trade papers.

Mr Knight added: 'Someone is trying to make mischief here and our legal people will be having a look at this.'

Eurisol has been involved in a long-running war-of-words with polyurethane sandwich panel manufacturers over whose product was more fire resistant or offered the best thermal performance.