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Govt bans all combustible cladding on buildings over 18m tall

The ban on combustible material will be introduced through changes to the building regulations

The government has announced that combustible material used to clad high rise residential blocks, care homes, hospitals and student accommodation over 18m tall will be banned.   

This ban will be implemented through changes to building regulations and will limit materials available to products achieving a European classification of Class A1 or A2.

The ban will apply to all new builds only. Communities secretary James Brokenshire said that the government does not have the legal power to enforce the removal of cladding from existing privately-owned buildings.

However, the government has warned   60 landlords and developers, including Lendlease, Pemberstone, Paddington Development Corporation and GLA Land & Property that they risk fines or being banned from future government schemes if they refuse to replace aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding, or force leaseholders to pay for refurbishment.

The Communities Secretary James Brokenshire confirmed the decision at the Conservative Party Conference, saying that it would “bring about a change in culture on building safety.”