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Government bans combustible materials on high-rise homes 06/12/2018 Labelled as Regulation

The government is banning combustible materials on new high-rise homes and giving powers to local authorities to carry out emergency work on private residential high-rise blocks to remove unsafe Aluminum Composite Material (ACM) cladding.


Regulations were laid in Parliament on 29 November 2018, which give legal effect to a ban on use of combustible materials on new high-rise buildings.  


The ban means combustible materials will not be permitted on the external walls of new residential buildings over 18 metres containing flats, as well as new hospitals, residential care premises, dormitories in boarding schools and student accommodation over 18 metres.


There will be an expectation on councils that they will carry out emergency remediation work on affected private residential buildings with unsafe ACM cladding, but they will be expected to recover the costs from building owners. This will allow buildings to be made permanently safe without delay, but will also place additional responsibilities on local authorities to tackle high rise blocks in the private sector with unsafe ACM cladding, where the private owners fail to take the necessary remedial action.


The government is already funding the replacement of unsafe ACM cladding on social sector buildings above 18 metres.


Read the government's response to consultations on banning the use of combustible materials and the related amendments to the Building Regulations

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