15 months after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Government has announced the introduction of the much anticipated legislation that will ban the use of combustible material in the external walls of high-rise buildings in the UK.
This applies to any new residential blocks above 18 metres and extends to any buildings that contain: one or more dwellings, an institution or a room for residential purposes and therefore includes residential schools, care homes, hospitals and student accommodation.
The government legislation will be coming into force on Friday 21st December 2018 with a two month transition period.
But the much needed legislation is not without scepticism. Many, including RIBA and the London Fire Brigades Union argue that the new legislation is not enough as it permits products classified as A2 which have ‘limited combustibility’. These types of products can still cause toxic smoke, which is what led to the high loss of life amongst the Grenfell Tower victims.
Only A1 classified materials such as metal, stone and glass will not contribute to a fire at any stage.
If you would like to find out more about the legislation you can read the following government articles:
- The Building (Amendment) Regulations http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/1230/contents/made
- Approved Document B2 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-approved-document-b
- Approved Document 7 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/material-and-workmanship-approved-document-7