Government announce that combustible materials used on new high-rise buildings will be no more

The government announced yesterday the banning for the use of all combustible materials on new high-rise residential buildings. The ban which will kick in officially on December 21st, also applies to residential care premises, dormitories in boarding schools, as well as student accommodation, however, the buildings must be over 18 metres.

The ban comes in place as the government plan to also give more support to local authorities for the carrying out of emergency work, removing and /or replacing unsafe ACM (Aluminium Composite Material) cladding.

Secretary of State for Communities, James Brokenshire MP is also taking further action with an aim of speeding up the replacement of unsafe ACM cladding, commenting: “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.”

The managing director for the FPA (Fire Protection Association), Jonathon O’Neil, added: “The Fire Protection Association welcomes the announcement, but we would urge MHCLG to urgently consider banning the use of combustible materials for all high-risk occupancies regardless of the height of the building. We also believe they need to consider the toxicity of all building materials in the case of fire.”