Alusafe offers a full Cladding Verification service to identify and remedy any concerns you may have about your building and provide peace of mind.
Many buildings have used ACM – Aluminium Composite Material, sometimes called ACP – Aluminium Composite Panels, in the building envelope. After an update in December 2018, the building regulations meant the ACP had to be able to resist fire.
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Alusafe is currently conducting investigations and verification works for developers and building owners across the UK.
If you’re not sure if your building is compliant with the latest UK building legislation, updated in December 2018 then please call 020 3582 4658 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
What we will do
Alusafe will carry out an on-site investigation of the existing cladding system on your building. This is to assess whether your building meets the Building Regulations requirement for resisting fire-spread over the external walls.
We identify whether:
- The external panel is fit for purpose and meets the performance criteria given in BR135 for cladding systems using full-scale test data from BS8414.
- The insulation is of a suitable specification; filler material used in the external wall construction should be of limited combustibility.
- The fire barrier is in place and correctly positioned.
Alusafe also provide advice on any remedial works that may be required in order to bring your building up to regulation.
The Building Regulations
Grenfell raised concerns regarding the use of ACM (Aluminium Composite Material) and the adequate positioning of fire barriers in new and existing rainscreen cladding buildings in the UK.
As a consequence, the government introduced The Building (Amendment) Regulations, SI 2018/1230 to prohibit the use of ‘combustible cladding’ in high-rise residential buildings above 18 metres.
Many buildings installed combustible cladding because it was more economical and more readily available.
The building regulations amendment came into force on 21 December 2018 and prohibits the use of combustible materials anywhere in the external walls of high-rise buildings over 18m above ground level, containing one or more dwellings. This includes residential blocks of flats, student accommodation, care homes, sheltered housing, hospitals and dormitories in boarding schools with a storey above 18 m in height.
The government has also published extensive advice for owners and duty holders of buildings that are partially clad in Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding systems.
– Given the risk of fire spread posed by ACM cladding systems, the Independent Expert Advisory Panel’s view is that leaving any amount of ACM cladding on a building would continue to pose a hazard to both residents and firefighters in the event of a fire. The clearest way to ensure the safety of residents is to remove all ACM, including small or partial areas of ACM, and replace it with a safe material.
– Where ACM cladding is identified, building owners should ensure that they implement the recommended interim safety advice, for ensuring the immediate safety of residents until necessary remediation work has been completed. Interim measures are intended to reduce risk for a limited period.
It has become the responsibility of the building owner to remedy any failure in complying with the new legislation.
If you don’t act quickly your insurance could go up.
Building owners should also be aware that leaving ACM in place may impact on other matters including insurance premiums, valuations and warranties.
We are here to help.
Alusafe can carry out verification services for you and offer a cost-effective solution programme should any issues be identified within your developments.
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