Consultation begins on banning combustible cladding
19 June 2018
THE HOUSING secretary has announced a consultation on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings.
A consultation on banning the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings, which are 18 metres or over has been published.
This was announced in Parliament by the housing secretary James Brokenshire MP. The cladding believed to have been used on Grenfell Tower was unlawful under existing building regulations and should not have been used. The government wants to ensure that there is no doubt about which materials can be used on high-rise residential buildings.
This consultation is inviting views on our proposals to revise the building regulations to ban the use of combustible materials in the inner leaf, insulation and cladding that are used in external wall systems on these buildings.
Residents, industry and other interested parties will now be able to have their say on proposals affecting the safety of homes. The government is legally required to consult on substantive changes to the buildings regulations before any change in the law and this consultation will end on 14 August 2018.
James Brokenshire said: “The Grenfell Tower fire was an appalling tragedy and we must do everything we can to ensure a disaster like this never happens again.
“I have listened carefully to concerns and I intend to ban the use of combustible materials on the external walls of high-rise residential buildings, subject to consultation.