The Government has revealed it is turning its focus to other cladding systems used on buildings after revealling a total of 266 high-rises are fitted with aluminium cladding failing fire safety tests.

It has also called on local authorities to check the safety of buildings using concrete panel systems and the safety of cladding in high winds.

The long-awaited verdict on various ACM cladding systems reveals that just 12 of the 278 buildings tested in England are fitted with safe systems.

Those that fail and will need cladding include 165 housing blocks, 59 student residences and 26 private housing high-rises. Sixteen public buildings have also been fitted with substandard cladding systems.

In its latest report in the wake on the Grenfell disaster, the Government has told building owners they will need to fund remedial measures to make buildings safe.

The focus on the safey of high rises has also raised questions about the performance of cladding in high winds and the structural safety of concrete panel system buildings.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has revealed the Government’s expert panel will now investigate these fresh safety concerns .

Local authorities have now been advised to review their designs and to check whether any strengthening work was properly carried out during improvements to these buildings.

As a first step to investigating other cladding types, the BRE has published a list of historical data on seven cladding systems which have passed the BS8414 test set out in current Building Regulations guidance.

Alongside this work to ensure that existing buildings are safe, the government is also taking forward work on the next phase, to “Identify changes needed to make buildings safe in future”.

A key stage is an Independent Review of the Building Regulatory and Fire Safety System, led by Dame Judith Hackitt.

Source: Construction Enquirer

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