Cladding consultation launched to prepare for key code of practice

first_imgHome » News » Cladding consultation launched to prepare for key code of practice previous nextRegulation & LawCladding consultation launched to prepare for key code of practiceHomeowners and building owners are being asked what new code should contain to help assessors give consistent advice on remedial work.Nigel Lewis27th April 20210361 Views The government has launched a consultation on its new post-Grenfell code for external wall assessments and cladding systems to help surveyors give consistent advice on whether a building needs remedial work or not.This consultation follows complaints from freeholders and leaseholders of residential towers that assessors were giving stakeholders wildly varied advice on whether cladding would have to be removed or modified.Remediation work is extremely expensive to complete while also rendering properties within towers difficult or impossible to sell until the work has been completed.The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government says the new code, which is being developed by the British Standards Institution (BSI), will benefit both residents and building owners.After the code is finalised following the consultation, it will ensure external wall assessments are carried out to a high and consistent standard, give building owners clarity on the fire risk of the construction of external walls, and provide consistent, risk-based and proportionate advice on whether remediation of the external walls is needed.“As part of the biggest improvements to building safety standards in 40 years, we are taking firm action to ensure homes and buildings are safer,” says Building Safety Minister Lord Greenhalgh (pictured).“This includes investing over £5 billion to help protect hundreds of thousands of leaseholders from the cost of replacing unsafe cladding on their homes.”Scott Steedman, Director-General of Standards at BSI, says: “We welcome all comments on the draft standard, especially from people living or working on or in these types of buildings, including residents and people from the construction, fire, housing and safety industries.The consultation closes on the 20th May 2021 with the new standard to be published in the Autumn.Read more about the cladding scandal.cladding scandal April 27, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more