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Customer update: BS 8414 Cladding testing

As you’ll be aware there has been a significant increase in demand for BS 8414 testing and we thought it would be helpful for us to clarify our process and advise on the current timeframes we are working to. We have 4 tests rigs and are increasing our testing team to support the demand.   

The process

After you contact us we will give you access to our online booking system (called LIMS) where you can complete our application form with your cladding system details.  We’ll check your application and if we have everything we need from you, we will issue a proposal. Once you accept this and make the required deposit payment, we will contact you to discuss a suitable laboratory slot for the test. We are now making bookings into 2018.

 How long does a BS8414 test take?

Although the test itself only lasts for up to an hour, the installation of a cladding system and the time it occupies a test rig can vary significantly. For example, a rainscreen system might take 10 days to be installed by a contractor and will then be ready for testing (to BS 8414 –2), while a rendered cladding system will need to be left for up to six weeks to fully dry before testing (to BS 8414 -1). After testing, the cladding system is dismantled and removed from the rig, which is then prepared for the next test.

To enquire about BS 8414 testing please email: claddingtest@bre.co.uk or call us on  0333 321 8811.

BRE Global is accredited by UKAS (number 0578) to carry out BS 8414 parts 1 and 2 fire testing of external cladding systems.