Buildings: Insulation

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 8th October 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, with reference to his Department's data release entitled, Building Safety Programme: Monthly Data Release for August 2019, published on 12 September 2019, if his Department will publish a full analysis of the 1,494 non-ACM cladding samples held at the Building Research Establishment.

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

The screening programme set up after the Grenfell fire tragedy was focused on identifying the types of Aluminium Composite Materials (ACM) received. The samples held by the Building Research Establishment were submitted as part of this ACM screening program, to determine which category of ACM had been used in high-rise buildings. A detailed explanation of the screening tests is set out in this note published in June 2017:

To build a more complete picture of high-rise residential buildings and the variety of external wall systems in use, the Department started in July 2019 a data collection exercise to gather information on the external wall systems of high-rise residential buildings that are 18 metres or above.

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