Flammable Building Cladding (England and Wales)

Britain (England and Wales) is to ban the use of combustible materials on the outside of high-rise buildings in response to the Grenfell Tower fire.

The ban will apply to certain buildings over 18 metres (all high-rise residential buildings, hospitals, care homes and student accommodation). The ban will cover all combustible materials, including cladding, on new buildings in these categories.

The measure is to be announced by UK Housing Secretary James Brokenshire at the Conservative conference in Birmingham today.

Flammable cladding was blamed for the rapid spread of the fire at the West London high-rise, which claimed 72 lives in June 2017.

The situation in Scotland is here.

The ban will be implemented through changes to building regulations to be brought forward in late autumn. These will be loaded into Cardinal Environment EHS Legislation Registers and Checklists supplied to subscribers.