With effect from 21 December 2018 the Building Regulations will be amended to ban the use of combustible materials in the external walls of “residential” buildings which are at least 18m high (i.e. above ground level).

In light of the Grenfell tragedy and, following the Hackitt review, the government previously announced it was going to implement legislative changes in order to tackle the use of Aluminum Composite Material (ACM) cladding.

The new regulations cover residential buildings in England, which include residential blocks of flats, hospitals, student accommodation, residential care properties.

The regulations apply to any building with a storey at least 18m above ground level and which contains: (I) one or more dwellings; (ii) an institution; (iii) and a room for residential purposes (excluding any room in a hostel, hotel or boarding house).

Materials of the building concerned (includes new buildings and where existing buildings are changed) which become part of the external wall or specified attachment (e.g. parts of balconies, solar panels) must comply with European classification A2-s1,d0 or A1(classified in accordance with BS EN 13501-1:2007 +A1:2007) except for certain components where non-combustible alternatives are not available (e.g. window frames, door frames and doors etc).

Transitional provisions apply where building notices have been submitted to the Local Authority before 21 December 2018.

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