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Construction Industry Response Group set up 20/07/2017

A new Industry Response Group (IRG), made up of government and construction industry representatives, will help ensure the construction sector can meet the challenges following the Grenfell Tower fire.


The IRG will complement the work of the Independent Expert Advisory Panel (IEAP) established in June 2017 by government to advise on immediate steps to ensure building safety.


Following initial tests on the combustibility of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding, the government has commissioned the Building Research Establishment to undertake further tests. These will help establish how different types of ACM panels in combination with different types of insulation behave in a fire.


Once the results are published it may be necessary that quick action is taken and the construction industry has acknowledged that it needs to help coordinate the industry's response to the challenges of implementing recommendations from the IEAP and government. To ensure firms can meet these challenges the new group will lead the industry's response and ensure the sector can meet any new demands.


The group, which will be inclusive and cross-industry and led by the sector, will take forward work that will:


  • provide essential advice on possible solutions for use in particular types of buildings to ensure homes, offices and public buildings are safe
  • provide advice on better ways of building and the latest methods of construction, and ensure access to the necessary technical expertise in industry when required
  • help mobilise the UK industry if any major programmes of construction work is needed, by acting as a focal point for government-industry communications
  • advise government on the relevant sub-sectors of the construction industry, their expertise and capacity to deliver work at pace.


The IRG will include representatives from three major industry bodies in the UK:


  • Build UK - the leading representative organisation for the construction industry
  • Construction Industry Council - the representative forum for the professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations for professional services providers in the construction industry
  • Construction Products Association - the UK's manufacturers and distributors of construction products and materials.


Read more on the IRG and the three organisations that will lead and coordinate contributions from across the construction sector.

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