Safety tests

In this section you can review the latest information and current advice from the Government around safety tests and upcoming remedial work.

Read on to find out the latest news and advice around safety tests.

Latest information

  • New advice from the Government  has confirmed that spandrel panels (also including window panels and infill panels) should be considered a part of the external wall of a building.
  • Building owners are being asked to check the materials used in these panels to ensure that they do not present a risk of fire spread over the wall.

Current advice

  • The advice states that “for buildings over 18m, the clearest way to ensure they do not present a risk of fire spread is to confirm that materials are limited combustibility or better. Where the panels do not meet this classification, the most appropriate means of remediation is to remove and replace the panels, however professional advice should be sought first.”
  • The Government continues to assess fire risks associated with non-ACM products. For any other concerns you might have about materials used on your tall buildings, please read the Government’s note on external wall systems that do not incorporate Aluminium Composite Material.

Further resources:

  • Member Q&A on building safety tests, 31 July 2017.