MHCLG has published the following statement on its website following yesterday’s announcement.
The statement includes the following key points
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy the government established a comprehensive building safety programme that included an independent review on fire safety and building regulations. In the summer the government published its response to this review and said it would ban the use of combustible materials on external walls of high-rise buildings subject to consultation.
Following this consultation the government has today (1 October 2018) confirmed that it will take forward this ban on all high-rise buildings that contains flats, as well as hospitals, residential care premises and student accommodation above 18 metres.
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.
It is unclear from this statement exactly what products will be banned and what impact this will have on projects either in planning or under construction.
The ban which will come into effect later this year as a change to the Building regulations. Meanwhile if you are involved in the supply or installation of materials on external walls of high-rise buildings we recommend that you discuss this with the delivery team to reduce your risk going forward.