Modern Methods of Construction Podcast: Fire Damage & Eco Properties

09 Feb 2022

Welcome to our Property Damage podcast series on Modern Methods of Construction and the risk of fire.

In this episode, Charlie Clements, Associate at BLM is joined by Richard Griffiths, Technical Claims Manager at Hiscox UK. They discuss modern materials used in the construction or retro-fitting of eco-properties and the risks associated with fire, including hempcrete, straw bales and heat pumps.

Driven by concerns surrounding the energy crisis and climate change, the developing area of eco-properties is still a rather new area for insurers. One difficulty the insurance industry has when assessing the risks and safety implications of these materials is very limited information and research on their reliability, particularly fire resistance.

Take a listen to the podcast below for steps that insurers can consider taking to reduce their risks:

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Disclaimer: This document does not present a complete or comprehensive statement of the law, nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight issues that may be of interest to clients of BLM. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in any particular case.

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