TOWN hall chiefs have welcomed a Government decision to ban the use of combustible materials in external cladding on highrise buildings of above 18 metres.
The ban was announced by communities secretary James Brokenshire MP in his speech to the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham. this week.
“It’s been over a year since the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire,” he said. “This unimaginable horror has rightly shocked us all and underlined the need to do all that we can to see that such a disaster cannot happen again…
“And that is why today I can confirm that I will change the building regulations to ban the use of combustible materials for all new high rise residential buildings, hospitals, registered care homes and student accommodation. And bring about a change in culture on building safety.”
Earlier this year, the Ministry of Housing, Commuities & Local Government announced its intention to ban external cladding that used combustible materials and duly launched a consultation on the proposed ban.
Now the Government has confirmed it will implement a ban on the use of combustible materials on external walls of any buildings above 18 metres that contain flats, as well as hospitals, residential care homes, and student accommodation.
“This ban will be delivered through changes to building regulations guidance and will limit materials available to products achieving a European classification of Class A1 or A2,” the Ministry of Housing said.
Responding to the ban on combustible cladding systems, Lord Gary Porter, chair of the Local Government Association, said: “It is great that James Brokenshire has listened to our calls for a ban on the use of combustible materials on complex and high-rise buildings.
“An effective and total ban will provide clarity for building owners who need to know what they can use to replace dangerous cladding and insulation and immediately help keep buildings safer. This ban will help ensure that the tragedy at Grenfell Tower can never be allowed to happen again. It needs to be introduced as quickly as possible.”