Changes to building fire safety rules out for consultation

New rules to strengthen fire testing for cladding systems on residential buildings have been published for consultation.

The proposed new rules will look at restricting or banning the use of ‘desktop studies’ as a way of assessing the fire performance of external cladding systems.

These changes are a result of the recommendations made by Dame Judith Hackitt in her interim report from the review into building regulations and fire safety published last year.

The consultation is seeking views on whether ‘desktop studies’ are appropriate for all construction products, wall systems (cladding) or for any other purpose.

If they are deemed appropriate, the proposed changes include improving the transparency of assessments, enabling proper scrutiny of results and ensuring that the studies can only be carried out by properly accredited bodies.

The consultation will end on 25 May 2018.