Combustible materials ban consultation extended until May 25

The government has extended the consultation period for the review on the ban of the use of combustible materials in and on external walls of buildings (including attachments) until May 25, 2020.

The consultation, which had been due to end on April 13, has been extended by six weeks due to the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on people and businesses around the country.

This consultation seeks views on the ban of the use of combustible materials in and on external walls of buildings, including building types covered and the height threshold.

The government is recommending that the current ban on using combustible materials in and on external walls of new buildings over 18m should be lowered to 11m, despite a lack of scientific evidence for the move. In addition, hotels are also being recommended as being included in the scope of the ban.

The original ban was introduced in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. It effectively means that cross-laminated timber (CLT) structures were prevented in going above 18m high.

If you had already submitted a response prior to this extension but wish to provide additional evidence or comment, please submit these by email to ADBconsultation@communities.gov.uk, clearly noting this is in addition to a previous response.