Buildings: Insulation

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Civil Society)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answers of 24 January 2019 to Question 210599 and 04 February 2019 to Question 214122, whether his Department has informed building owners of the categorisation of the non-aluminium composite material cladding samples that they submitted to the Building Research Establishment for testing.

Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Civil Society)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2019 to Question 210599 and the Answer of 4 February 2019 to Question 214122, whether his Department has established the European fire classification of each of the 1,421 non-aluminium composite material cladding samples submitted to the Building Research Establishment for testing.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Department’s screening test program for Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) was designed to be used on small samples taken from existing buildings to differentiate between the different types of filler material used in ACM cladding using their calorific value. Those who sent in non-ACM samples were informed that, as they were not ACM samples, these samples would not be subject to the screening test. It is not possible to formally classify samples in accordance with the European fire classification system using this procedure.

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