Response period for MHCLG consultation on cladding materials extended
16 April 2020
THE MINISTRY of Housing, Communities and Local Government is currently consulting in a bid to seek views on the ban of the use of combustible materials in and on the external walls of buildings (including attachments). The deadline for responses to this consultation has now been extended to 25 May 2020 due to the ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on people and businesses around the country.
This consultation is designed to assess building types covered, height threshold, the list of exemptions, attachments such as blinds, shutters and awnings and a proposal to specifically ban the use of metal composite panels in and on the external walls of all buildings.
In the Explanatory Memorandum published alongside the Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018, the Government committed to review the effectiveness of the ban after one year. This is a consultation on proposed changes to the Regulations following that review.
As part of the review, in June last year the Government commissioned a study of the impact of the ban which took the form of an online survey issued to 100 relevant organisations. The full analysis of responses to this survey has been published alongside this consultation.
Those industry practitioners who haven't yet voiced their opinions on this matter can do so via e-mail (ADBconsultation@communities.gov.uk) or by sending a written response to: The Building Safety Programme, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, 4th Floor, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF.
For further information online visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-the-ban-on-the-use-of-combustible-materials-in-and-on-the-external-walls-of-buildings