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3 changes to fire safety regulations that could prevent another Grenfell

More than two years on from Grenfell there’s much still to do to prevent a repeat of the worst residential fire in modern UK history. Tom Roche offers three recommendations for changes the government should introduce, among many others. Read More

HPL cladding tests finally planned two years after Grenfell – and five after previous failed test

The government has been criticised for focusing too narrowly on Grenfell-style cladding when other types of “untested”, potentially unsafe cladding […] Read More

Government backs down on refusal to foot £200m cladding bill

Until now the government has insisted that freeholders – not the taxpayer – should meet the costs of replacing ACM cladding. Read More

FPA wins UKAS accreditation to assess effectiveness of external cladding

The Fire Protection Association (FPA) has won the right to carry out BS8414 tests backed by UKAS accreditation. BS8414, which comprises two parts, concerns the fire performance of external cladding systems. Read More

Government ban of combustible cladding

The ban means combustible materials will not be allowed on the external walls of new buildings over 18 metres containing flats, as well as new hospitals, residential care premises, dormitories in boarding schools and student accommodation over 18 metres tall. Read More

Toxic gases emitted by external cladding during fire pose serious health risk, study shows

Building regulations overlook the health hazards posed by toxic gases emitted by burning external cladding, smoke toxicity tests conducted by the FPA have suggested. Read More

Grenfell cost-cutting, Grenfell inquiry looks at electrical fires and Airbnb safety

Our news roundup touches on why plans to fit more fire-retardant panels at Grenfell were dropped, more details on the Hackitt Review and revelations about fire safety standards at Airbnb properties in the US. Read More

Government urged to finance cladding replacements with only three buildings having replaced ACM panels since Grenfell

The government should provide interest-free loans for the purpose of replacing flammable cladding, the head of a property managers group has said. Read More



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