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Advice for building owners as part of cladding measures

Monday 29 April 2019

Information and advice for building owners, landlords and leaseholders where aluminium composite cladding is present on their building

Shortly after the fire at Grenfell Tower, the independent expert advisory panel advised the government to undertake identification screening of residential buildings over 18 metres tall.

Those checking tests began at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) the following week in order to identify the type of aluminium composite material (ACM) used.

On 6 July 2017, having also spoken to a group of technical experts from a wide range of professions and organisations, the expert panel recommended further large-scale testing of cladding systems to better understand how different types of ACM panels behave with different types of insulation in a fire.

These large-scale tests, undertaken by the BRE, looked at three different types of ACM cladding combined with different types of insulation, in accordance with British Standard 8414 which was then subjected to a fire designed to replicate the circumstances in which a severe fire breaks out of a window. The spreads of the fire up the outside wall, if any, was then monitored.

The final consolidated advice after all the tests can be found here.

It is the responsibility of building owners in the private residential sector to carry out necessary measures to ensure the safety of their residents.

Since June, the government has been urging owners of private residential buildings over 18 metres to make urgent use of the free ACM screening tests, and to report the results to local authorities so that private sector blocks with ACM cladding systems can be identified.

In consultation with the Industry Response Group, independent expert advisory panel, building owners, and other experts, the government has developed an information note to assist building owners in considering what measures to take to make buildings safe - and how they could carry out remedial works on high rise residential buildings with ACM cladding.

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