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Government ‘clarifies’ fire safety guidelines and launches yet another consultation

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The government has published new draft guidance to fire safety building regulations – and launched its third post-Hackitt Review consultation on the changes

Housing secretary James Brokenshire said the government will also ‘go further’ by conducting a full-scale review of the guidelines, known as ‘Approved Document B’, this autumn.

The new draft document removes a previous paragraph on external surfaces, which allowed materials with a fire rating of ‘Class B’ or ‘Class 0’ to be used on the exterior of tall buildings.

The new document now says that all materials used on the external surfaces of high-rises should meet a higher standard of ‘Class A2’ or better.

Brokenshire said: ’There is nothing more important than ensuring people are safe in their own homes. That is why I am announcing a package of measures focused on improving building safety, having listened carefully to the concerns which have been raised.’

The consultation is the third launched by the government following the Hackitt Review. It is also consulting on banning the use of combustible materials on high-rise residential buildings above 18m.

It also recently consulted on banning or restricting the use of ‘desktop studies’ from being used to assess the fire performance of cladding systems.

A consultation process has now started. See it here.

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