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Brokenshire announces combustible cladding consultation

James Brokenshire

Housing secretary James Brokenshire has announced a consultation on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings, which is set to end on 14 August 2018.

The government wants to ensure that there is no doubt about which materials can be used on high-rise residential buildings.

This follows the fire last June at Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster Estate in West London, and the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety by Dame Judith Hackitt.

The consultation invites views on proposals to revise the building regulations to ban the use of combustible materials in the inner leaf, insulation and cladding that are used in external wall systems on high-rise buildings.

Residents, industry and other interested parties will be able to have their say on proposals affecting the safety of homes.

Brokenshire said: “I have listened carefully to concerns and I intend to ban the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings, subject to consultation.

He added: “I believe that the changes on which we are consulting will offer even greater certainty to concerned residents and to the construction industry.”

Hackitt’s fire safety review recommended that a simpler but more robust approach to the construction and on-going management of high-rise residential buildings was needed.

The government welcomed Hackitt’s report and committed to:

  • Banning or restricting the use of desktop studies from being used to assess the fire performance of cladding systems.
  • Change the law to achieve meaningful and lasting reform of the regulatory system, with strong sanctions for those who fail to comply.
  • Invite views on how the government could implement major reform of the regulatory system in line with Hackitt’s review.
  • Clarify building regulations fire safety guidance (Approved Document B).

The consultation can be found on the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government website.

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