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Briefing and guidance listed in order of publication date:
Topic update: Government fire safety testing report and consequent advice for building owners following Grenfell Tower disaster - updated with fourth and fifth test results
The Government has released several papers relating to fire safety testing of cladding materials in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire and advice to building owners.
The results from the fourth and fifth test have been released. The fourth test covered a wall cladding system formed using ACM panels with a fire-retardant polyethylene core and a stone wool foam insulation. The test result shows that this combination of materials can meet the criteria set out in building regulations guidance BR 135. The technical details of the testing can be found here.
The fifth test results covered a wall cladding system consisting of Aluminium Composite material (ACM) cladding with a limited combustibility filler (category 1 in screening tests) with PIR foam insulation. The government’s Expert Panel advises that the results show that this combination of materials can be compliant when installed and maintained properly. While government has not been informed of any tall buildings over 18 metres in England using this particular combination of materials in their wall system, it could offer a possible solution for some buildings with other cladding systems which have been identified as a fire hazard through previous large-scale tests.
The Expert Panel’s advice adds however that the composition of different products from different manufacturers will vary and it is possible that products from different manufacturers may behave differently in a fire. Fixing details and the provision of cavity barriers is also important, and building owners should seek expert advice to satisfy themselves that their building is safe and before commissioning any remedial work.
Members may also be interested in the circular letter sent by DCLG to all building control bodies in July. The letter sets out advice and highlights key Building Regulations requirements when cladding work on high rise buildings over 18 metres tall is undertaken.
In addition to the above, the Terms of Reference of the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower have also been published and can be found here.
An updated version of the topic update can be found here.
BIFM's review of the Queen's Speech
The Institute has reviewed the Queen's Speech (21 June 2017) for the relevant legislative proposals and initiatives that impact upon its members and the facilities management sector.
The Queen’s Speech, the last one until 2019, focused heavily on bills dealing with Brexit. Particularly relevant for the FM sector are: The Repeal Bill, Customs Bill, Trade Bill and Immigration Bill.
You can find a summary of this information here.
BIFM's Priorities for the UK Government
Following the UK General Election held on Thursday 8 June, BIFM has set out its strategic priorities for the facilities management sector.
Accounting for about seven per cent of UK GDP, the health of the wider FM industry has a major impact on the overall UK economy, with BIFM outlining its three priorities for the Government as it faces the challenges of the next few years.
The BIFM Priorities paper can be downloaded in full here.
Government manifestos: General Election 2017
BIFM has reviewed the manifestos of the UK's three main political parties to identify the election promises which may impact on the future of the FM industry.
The Labour party published their election manifesto on Tuesday 16 May.
The Liberal Democrats published their election manifesto on Wednesday 17 May.
The Conservatives released their manifesto on Thursday 18 May.
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