High Rise Flats: Insulation

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd September 2019.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Education) (Children and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the of Answer 23 July 2019 to Question 279062 on Buildings: Insulation, whether changes were made to the BS 8414 test on high pressure laminate cladding and stonewool insulation as a result of the test planned to take place in June 2019.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The attempted test did not comply with the procedural requirements of BS 8414 and no advice could have been issued on the basis of the attempt. A complete test was carried out on 11 July 2019 using the same design details as the previous attempt.

The Department published the test report and classification report of the test meeting the requirements of BS 8414 at the following https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-test-report-mhclg-bs-8414-hpl .

Following the test the Independent Expert Panel issued some advice which is available at the following:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/818184/Advice_note_on_use_of_HPL_panels_in_external_wall_systems.pdf

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