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111 buildings fail second in series of fire safety tests 03/08/2017 Labelled as Repairs

Following completion of the second in series of fire safety tests of cladding and insulation combinations by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) the government have announced that 111 buildings have failed this latest test.

 

This test was of a wall cladding system consisting of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding with a polyethylene filler (category 3) with stone wool insulation.

 

The government's expert panel advises that the results show this combination does not meet current building regulation guidance.

 

90 of the 111 buildings are local authority or housing association owned or managed and the government have issued further detailed advice to the owners & landlords of these buildings.

 

This latest announcement follows an earlier announcement on the failure of the first in the series of tests - in that case of a wall cladding system consisting of ACM with polyethylene filler (Category 3) and foam insulation, with fire breaks and cavity barriers in place. 82 buildings are currently known to have this combination of materials in their wall cladding systems - 47 of which are local authority or housing association owned or managed.

 

This brings the total number of buildings known to have failed the BRE tests to 193 - 137 owned or managed by local authority or housing associations and 56 in other ownership.

 

These results are the first 2 of a series 6 of tests to be undertaken by the BREwhich are looking at how different types of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) panels in combination with different types of insulation behave in a fire.

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