Guidance released on aluminium composite materials cladding

The UK Government has released information and advice for building owners, landlords and leaseholders where aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding is present on their building.

In consultation with the Industry Response Group, independent expert advisory panel, building owners, and other experts, the Government has developed an information note to assist building owners in considering what measures to take to make buildings safe - and how they could carry out remedial works on high rise residential buildings with aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding.

Information for building owners

The information note contains a flow chart to guide building owners through the process of remediation and further information on the following:

  • identifying and testing aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding systems
  • checking broader fire safety of buildings
  • progressing remedial works and maintenance
  • durability and safety considerations if cladding has been removed
  • professional advisors and where to find them
  • building regulations and planning
  • procurement of building works

Building owners are responsible for determining whether their buildings are acceptably fire safe and will likely need to appoint professional advisors to assist them unless they have the relevant competence themselves or access to advice from those that do.

Action for private sector residential landlords

Since June, the Government has been urging owners of private residential buildings over 18 metres to make urgent use of the free ACM screening tests, and to report the results to local authorities so that private sector blocks with ACM cladding systems can be identified.

The Government are also working with local authorities to identify privately owned residential buildings over 18 metres with ACM cladding systems.

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