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New building regs for cladding announced for high rise buildings

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Combustible materials will be banned from high rise buildings. The change in building regulations was announced last month by Housing Secretary James Brokenshire.

The ban follows the Grenfell Tower tragedy which claimed 72 lives following the use of flammable cladding on the exterior of the building which caused the rapid spread of the blaze.

Cladding materials used on all new high-rise residential buildings, hospitals, care homes and student accommodation must now have a European classification of Class A1, A2, s3 or d2.

Class A1 products are described as having no contribution to fire at any stage, while class A2, s3, d2 products are described as having no significant contribution to fire at any stage.

The policy will cover cladding panels and insulation and will apply to all new buildings and those currently under construction. The ban, however, will not be applied retrospectively to buildings where the materials have already been fitted.

Neil Johnson, Managing Director of Derbyshire Building Control Partnership, welcomed the new building controls. He said: “The Building Regulations are intended to protect people’s safety, health and welfare in and around buildings, and this is a step forward to ensure that we achieve this.

“However, we must not overlook other areas of fire risk during the design and construction phase, such as combustible paints, wallpaper, laminated glass and seals which are not yet banned.

“There is the opportunity to take building regulations further to ensure a tragedy like Grenfell does not occur again.”

The ban on the use of combustible materials in high rise buildings follows recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt as part of her review conducted into the Grenfell tragedy.

In May earlier this year it was announced that the government will fully fund the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding by councils and housing associations, estimated at £400 million.

To ensure your new high rise project complies with the recent changes in Building Regulations, speak to DBCP‘s team of experts.

DBCP has the knowledge and experience of six local authorities and the systems and resources in place to ensure that any new builds, extensions or renovations are not only safe and legal, but also effective, efficient and protected.

Contact the team now to find out more about DBCP’s services.

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