Cladding proposal laid before Scottish Parliament

LEGISLATION expected to be passed by the Scottish Parliament has been proposed by the Scottish Government, to ban combustable cladding on buildings over 11m in height.

Says a Scottish Government announcement, here: “Since 2005, new cladding systems on high-rise blocks of flats have either had to use non-combustible materials or pass a large-scale fire test.

“[This] legislation removes the option of a fire test, completely prohibiting such materials from use on domestic and other high-risk buildings, such as care homes and hospitals, above 11m.”

The announcement goes on to say: “The highest-risk metal composite cladding material will be banned from any new building of any height, with replacement cladding also required to meet the new standards.

“The legislation also includes improvements to energy performance standards, aiming to make buildings easier to heat while ensuring they are well ventilated and comfortable to live in.”

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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