High Rise Flats: Fire Prevention

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th October 2017.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to ensure that high-rise residential accommodation with external cladding that is not composed of aluminium composite material is tested to ensure that it is fire safe.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)

As set out in consolidated advice to building owners published on 5 September, the government is working with the Expert Panel to consider whether there are any heightened risks linked to other cladding systems (not Aluminium Composite Material) and broader fire and building safety issues in high-rise buildings.

As a first step to understand what other cladding systems may be safe on high rise buildings, the Building Research Establishment (BRE) has sought permission from its clients and is publishing a list of historical data on cladding systems which have passed the BS8414 test set out in current Building Regulations guidance. The catalogue can be accessed here https://www.bre.co.uk/regulatory-testing.

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