Section: Building & Regeneration

Consultation on the use of 'desktop studies' to assess the fire performance of external cladding systems

Posted 12.04.18
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New rules designed to strengthen fire testing for cladding systems on residential buildings have been published for consultation by Housing Secretary Sajid Javid.

The consultation, which aim to improve building safety, will look at restricting or banning the use of 'desktop studies' as a way of assessing the fire performance of external cladding systems.

The consultation is seeking views on whether 'desktop studies' are appropriate for all construction products, wall systems (cladding) or for any other purpose.

If 'desktop studies' are deemed appropriate, the proposed changes include improving the transparency of assessments, enabling proper scrutiny of results and ensuring that the studies can only be carried out by properly accredited bodies that have the relevant expertise.

These proposals are subject to a full consultation that will end on 25 May 2018.


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Reporting on April 2018

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