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Guidance released on aluminium composite materials cladding

Thursday 14 November 2019

The UK Government has released information and advice for building owners, landlords and leaseholders where aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding is present on their building.

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 aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding.

Information for building owners

The information note contains a flow chart to guide building owners through the process of remediation and further information on the following:

  • identifying and testing aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding systems
  • checking broader fire safety of buildings
  • progressing remedial works and maintenance
  • durability and safety considerations if cladding has been removed
  • professional advisors and where to find them
  • building regulations and planning
  • procurement of building works

Building owners are responsible for determining whether their buildings are acceptably fire safe and will likely need to appoint professional advisors to assist them unless they have the relevant competence themselves or access to advice from those that do.

Information note

Action for private sector residential landlords

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.

The Government are also working with local authorities to identify privately owned residential buildings over 18 metres with ACM cladding systems.

Keep learning and complying with Propertymark

In 2019 we produced a new Fact Sheet on the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 and updated our Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Fact Sheet as a resource for our members to download outlining the most up to date guidance on how to comply.

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Propertymark is the go-to organisation for any questions relating to property, where we help protect and guide consumers in all property transactions. Our guide for landlords on safety responsibilities outlines it’s more than smoke alarms and gas checks, which is a useful resource to keep compliant and your tenants safe.

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