CWCT/SFE fire guidance

In November 2018 the UK government announced changes to the Building Regulations in order to implement the ban on the use of combustible material in the external walls of certain high-rise buildings in England.

This guidance proposes a practical and pragmatic interpretation where conflicting interpretations have already been identified or where the potential for conflicting interpretations may be possible.  This guidance is not intended to ‘bypass’ the amendments to building Regulation 7, Requirement B4 or the guidance contained in Approved Document B.

Publication of this guidance has been overseen by the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology Technical Committee and the Society of Façade Engineering Fire Committee.  

This document is based on the best knowledge available at the time of publication.  Due to the continuing development of policy and government guidance this document should be read in conjunction with the relevant current government guidance on ‘the ban on combustible materials’.

It is intended that this document will be maintained and revised as further information becomes available.  Your feedback is an important part of this process.  If you identify any gaps in the guidance or encounter conflict, inconsistency or disagreement over different interpretations, we would like to know.  Please email any feedback to cwct@cwct.co.uk and sfe@cibse.org.

This publication is intended for use only by appropriately qualified designers, specifiers and others (with relevant experience) in each case having regard to the particular circumstances and requirements of each case, and exercising professional judgement including the reasonable skill and care to be expected or a professional of the relevant discipline, in that context.

CWCT and SFE accept no duty of care, obligation or liability, whatsoever, to its members or others, in relation to the use of this publication for any purpose.

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DISCLAIMER

This publication is intended for use only by appropriately qualified designers, specifiers and others (with relevant experience) in each case having regard to the particular circumstances and requirements of each case, and exercising professional judgement including the reasonable skill and care to be expected or a professional of the relevant discipline, in that context.

CWCT and SFE accept no duty of care, obligation or liability, whatsoever, to its members or others, in relation to the use of this publication for any purpose.