Combustible materials banned on high-rise homes

The government is banning combustible materials on new high-rise homes and giving support to local authorities to carry out emergency remediation work.

Regulations have been laid in Parliament which will give legal effect to the combustible materials ban announced in the summer, meaning combustible materials will not be permitted on the external walls of new buildings over 18 metres containing flats, as well as new hospitals, residential care premises, dormitories in boarding schools and student accommodation over 18 metres.

Schools over 18 metres which are built as part of the government’s centrally delivered build programmes will also not use combustible materials, in line with the terms of the ban, in the external wall.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire is also taking action to speed up the replacement of unsafe ACM cladding, like the type used on Grenfell Tower. As such, local authorities will get the government’s full backing, including financial support if necessary, to enable them to carry out emergency work on affected private residential buildings with unsafe ACM cladding. They will recover the costs from building owners.

Brokenshire said: “Everyone has a right to feel safe in their homes and I have repeatedly made clear that building owners and developers must replace dangerous ACM cladding. And the costs must not be passed on to leaseholders. My message is clear – private building owners must pay for this work now or they should expect to pay more later.”

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