Information and advice for building owners, landlords and leaseholders where aluminium composite cladding is present on their building.
Advice for building owners
Shortly after the fire at Grenfell Tower, the independent expert advisory panel advised the government to undertake identification screening of residential buildings over 18 metres tall (in accordance with building regulations guidance on rain-screen cladding). This is in order to identify the type of aluminium composite material (ACM) used.
Those checking tests began at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) the following week.
On 6 July 2017, having also spoken to a group of technical experts from a wide range of professions and organisations, the expert panel recommended further large scale testing of cladding systems. This was to better understand better how different types of ACM panels behave with different types of insulation in a fire (these tests can be used to show compliance with the building regulations guidance).
These large scale tests, undertaken by the BRE, looked at 3 different types of ACM cladding combined with different types of insulation, in accordance with British Standard 8414. This involved building a 9-metre high demonstration wall with a complete cladding system fixed to it - including panels and insulation. This was then subjected to a fire designed to replicate the circumstances in which a severe fire breaks out of a window. The spreads of the fire up the outside wall, if any, was then monitored.
See the final consolidated advice after all the tests.
Additional fire test reports on other cladding combinations in accordance with British Standard 8414 can be found on the BRE website.
The Industry Response Group was established by government in June 2017 to advise on immediate steps to ensure building safety. It complements the work of the Expert Panel.
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 ACM cladding.
Information note for building owners
- Information note 1 - Information note for landlords and building owners of tall residential buildings with ACM cladding
Action for private sector residential landlords
It is the responsibility of building owners in the private residential sector to carry out necessary measures to ensure the safety of their residents.
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.
We are also working with local authorities to identify privately owned residential buildings over 18 metres with ACM cladding systems. Financial support to local authorities for the work needed to collect data on high rise residential buildings and report on cladding was provided in line with the new burdens doctrine.
Work to reach private sector landlords continues - through industry bodies including the Home Builders Federation, Association of Residential Letting Agents, and the British Property Federation.
ACM remediation data
MHCLG collects and holds information about residential buildings over 18 metres in England (including hotels and student accommodation) and some buildings owned by the public sector, in particular those which have Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding.
The data enables the department to formulate a policy response to the discovery of what appears to be unsafe cladding on a number of buildings in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire and to assure itself and its stakeholders that fire safety risks (including cladding and any other significant risks identified) to these buildings are being managed. Where this includes personal data, MHCLG is the data controller.
Aggregate data related to the Building Safety Programme are published at regular intervals. The data release has a particular focus on buildings identified with ACM cladding by tenure and remediation progress. Data releases can be found below.
- Data update 19 - Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - December 2018 - 10 January 2019
- Data update 18 - Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - November 2018 - 6 December 2018
- Data update 17 - Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - end October 2018 - 8 November 2018
- Data update 16 - Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - October 2018 - 25 October 2018
- Data update 15 - Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - September 2018 - 20 September 2018
- Data update 14 - Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - August 2018 - 23 August 2018
- Data update 13 - Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - July 2018 - 23 July 2018
- Data update 12 - Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - June 2018 - 28 June 2018
- Data update 11 - Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - May 2018 - 31 May 2018
- Data update 10 - Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - April 2018 - 27 April 2018
- Data update 9 - Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - March 2018 - 28 March 2018
- Data update 8 - Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - February 2018 - 27 February 2018
- Data update 7 - Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - January 2018 - 22 January 2018
- Data update 6 - Building Safety Programme: monthly data release - December 2017 - 18 December 2017
- Data update 5 - Secretary of state letter to Members of Parliament - 25 October 2017
- Data update 4 - Update and consolidated advice for building owners following large-scale testing - 5 September 2017
- Data update 3 - Secretary of state oral statement to parliament on Grenfell Tower - 5 September 2017
- Data update 2 - Sajid Javid’s statement on the government response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy - 20 July 2017
- Data update 1 - Cladding sample testing update - 25 June 2017
2017 ACM fire test reports
Following the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017, the government commissioned a series of large scale fire tests of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding. These were intended to establish how different types of ACM panels in combination with different types of insulation behave in a fire.