The Association of Safety and Compliance Professionals (ASCP) have today been informed that the Welsh Government have announced the banning on the use of combustible cladding on high rise buildings as from 13th January 2020. In line with the approach taken in England, although this has yet to be confirmed, this will apply to all new residential buildings (flats, student accommodation and care homes) and hospitals that are over 18m high above ground level. This ban covers the entire height of the building and will apply to the complete wall assembly and certain attachments to the external wall including balconies and solar panels.
The ban is extended to and will also apply to existing buildings where relevant building work is being carried out that falls within the scope of the Building Regulations, unless the building works have started on-site or an initial notice, building notice or full plans have been deposited and work has started on site within a period of 8 weeks.
The Welsh Housing Minister, Julie James, will publish a White Paper in 2020 setting out more details.
There are limited details to the extent of the ban, however it is suggested that it could be intended to mirror the approach taken in England, where we know materials housed in the external wall (e.g. boiler flues passing through) have had to meet specific European A1/A2 combustibility classes.
23 December 2019