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
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.