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Grenfell Tower Fire: ACM cladding testing

Information relating to the cladding test programme being undertaken by BRE on behalf The Department for Communities and Local Government, DCLG, will be posted here.

Frequently asked questions and information for the press and media are answered at the foot of this page


Posted here 21 July

From the DCLG website:

DCLG issue update about the testing programme and detail of the large scale tests to be carried out

See this page on the DCLG website for details  Explanatory_note_on_large_scale_testing


Posted here 14 July

DCLG announce school buildings over 18m tall invited to submit Aluminium Composite Material cladding samples for testing

See this page on the DCLG website for details: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/update-on-school-cladding-safety-checks


Posted here 6 July 2017

DCLG Press release

Expert panel recommends further tests on cladding and insulation

The independent expert panel on safety has advised further testing as the next step to be conducted in helping landlords to ensure the safety of their buildings.

These large scale tests will help establish how different types of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) panels in combination with different types of insulation behave in a fire.

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Posted here Monday 3 July 2017

Government is acting to support owners and residents of high-rise buildings to ensure fire safety in the light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Landlords are engaging in a checking and testing process for Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding.

The tests that are currently being conducted at BRE – on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) – are a screening test to identify which ACM panels are of concern. It tests the filler – the core of the panel – to check if it is of limited combustibility (category 1) or not (category 2 or 3). This is in line with the requirement of the Building Regulations guidance. The filler is one element of the overall cladding system. If the panel core achieves a category 2 or 3, landlords are expected to take the recommended interim fire safety measures issued by government on 22 June.
 
The equipment and procedures used in the screening tests are based on the BS EN ISO 1716:2010 test standard. As the purpose of this testing was to quickly and reliably screen the core material within the panel, the full procedures set out in that standard have not been followed as they are unnecessary to determine which type of panel has been submitted for the screening test. These screening tests should not be confused with a formal classification test against this standard.  
 
An independent expert panel has been set up to advise the government on other urgent steps that should be taken to improve fire safety. Our Chief Executive, Dr Peter Bonfield sits on that panel. They will issue advice imminently to clarify further steps landlords could take to inform their decisions on the cladding systems they have in place, and on checking insulation and other components of typical wall construction.

You can read further information and detail on the testing process on the gov.uk website

In an oral statement to The House of Commons on 3 July, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said that the tests have been independently verified by research insitutes in Sweden.

 


Statement from BRE Chief Executive, Peter Bonfield, following the Grenfell Tower Fire

Read Peter Bonfield's statement about the Grenfell Tower fire issued on 21 June


Frequently asked questions:

For landlords and owners of buildings with ACM cladding:

    • Latest advice for landlords and building owners (provided by DCLG)
      https://www.gov.uk/guidance/building-safety-programme
    • Photo to help identiy ACM material
      https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/explanatory-note-on-safety-checks-and-testing
    • Questions from local authorities and private landlords about how to have ACM cladding tests carried out on buildings over 18m tall:
      see instructions for local authorities or private landlords, issued by DCLG. Those responsible for NHS or Education buildings over 18m tall should also follow these instructions.
    • Information for LAs and landlords having had a test carried out:
      See this letter from DCLG website
    • Enquiries about cladding which is not ACM from buidlngs over 18m:
      please email towercaseworkteam@communities.gsi.gov.uk

Press and media enquires: