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High Rise Flats: Insulation

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 9th March 2020.

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Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Labour, Birmingham, Ladywood

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to assess the health and safety risks of buildings cladded with non-ACM material.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Acting on advice from the Expert Panel, the Government has commissioned research from the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to support further understanding of the fire performance of Non-Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) external wall systems. The results of this research will be published shortly.

It is the view of the Expert Panel that ACM (and other metal composites) with unmodified polyethylene core remains the most significant fire hazard. The Expert Panel advice can be found here at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/building-safety-advice-for-building-owners-including-fire-doors.

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