The Independent Expert Advisory Panel (the Expert Panel) has issued a number of advice notes for building owners on the measures they should take to ensure their buildings are safe.
This document, ‘Building safety advice for building owners, including fire doors’, brings those documents together. It makes clear that ACM cladding (and other metal composite material cladding) with an unmodified polyethylene filler (category 3) presents a significant fire hazard on residential buildings at any height with any form of insulation.
It covers the safety of external wall systems (including spandrel panels and balconies), smoke control systems, fire doors and what short-term measures should be put in place should a significant safety issue be identified.
ACDM (Association of Composite Door Manufacturers) members have committed, where reasonable, to work with building owners to review Fire-Resistant Composite Doorsets that have been supplied by them and to remediate any installed doorsets which failed Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government tests. Building owners should contact the relevant manufacturer directly.
The Expert Panel has had a regular dialogue with industry on its advice and welcomes ongoing industry feedback to ensure the safety of all residents. Further industry feedback on this advice can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a resident who has concerns around the safety of your building, you should refer to the government’s advice to leaseholders.