On the 21st of December 2018, a new ban was introduced by the government in response to the Grenfell tragedy.
Combustible cladding materials are now banned for use on buildings over a certain height in the UK, this includes the use of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM).
As of this date, building workers must now either remove or replace this cladding from high-rise residential buildings as soon as possible. If they fail to do so, they could face costly intervention and fines from local authorities.
What buildings does this new ban apply to?
- All new residential buildings above 18m in height
- New dormitories in boarding schools, student accommodation, registered care homes and hospitals above 18m
- New building work being carried out in-line with the definition of building work in the building regulations, including changes of use and material alterations
What should owners do to comply with the law?
Owners need to either remove ACM cladding to ensure they are in line with these new regulations or they need to provide a clear plan of action for its removal.
Local authorities are expected to take enforcement action if a plan is not presented. This involves first carrying out the remedial work to the building and then recovering those costs from the building owners afterwards. That is how critical this new regulation is.
Has your building not yet been identified?
If you know that your building has combustible cladding and has not yet been identified by the government, then we recommend consulting your property advisors to start planning its removal as soon as possible. This is essential for the safety of residents or inhabitants of the building.
As always, we highly recommend speaking with an insurance specialist if you are worried about health and safety regulations surrounding your company or your property. We are always here to help point you in the right direction. Speak to us today on 01476 434050.