MCRMA publishes updated guidance on ACM façade systems

The Metal Cladding & Roofing Manufacturers Association (MCRMA) has published an updated Advice Note titled ‘Aluminium Composite Material Façade Systems’, which has been produced following the completion of the BS 8414 Part 1 fire test programme commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in the wake of the Grenfell fire tragedy.

The final results of the seven Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding panels with different insulation materials have now been reported. The combination of materials identified in four of the tests as a failed classification are deemed non-compliant with Building Regulations.

The Advice Note sets out guidance for those who are responsible for the safety of buildings with the types of façade systems which have been deemed non-compliant; firstly, on the removal of the cladding and / or insulation and secondly, in identifying a solution for the replacement of the façade. The MCRMA says this guidance should be considered in conjunction with information issued by the Government via the DCLG with regard to the overall safety of the building’s occupants.

The MCRMA says its website contains the details of members who can assist in the rectification of a building including consultants, professional advisors and manufacturers. The Association says any MCRMA member will be pleased to recommend a reliable installer to help remove and replace an affected façade. All members comply with the MCRMA charter and code of conduct, and all manufacturer members possess ISO 9001 quality accreditation.

The Advice Note can be downloaded here.