Consultation: Building standards (fire safety) - a consultation on external wall systems – Scotland only (closing date – Thursday 8 October 2021)

Your views invited.

Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in June 2017, a ministerial working group (MWG) was set up to oversee a review of building and fire regulatory frameworks and any other relevant matters, to help ensure that people are safe in Scotland's buildings, and make any recommendations for improvements as required.

This consultation seeks to obtain the views and opinions on a review of building standards relating to the fire safety of cladding to help ensure the safety of people in and around Scotland's buildings, and will cover five main areas:

  • the wording of mandatory standard 2.7 relating to fire spread on external walls;
  • consideration of a definition and ban on the highest risk metal composite material (MCM) cladding panels; 
  • options to improving standards and guidance on cladding systems, including the continued role of the large scale fire test, BS 8414;
  • consequential matters – combustible exemptions; and
  • impact assessments.

Further information on this and the consultation paper can be accessed here.

You can forward your comments directly to the Scottish Government, and the closing date to do this is 8 October 2021.

If you wish your comments to be used in the Institute's response to this consultation, please ensure that these are forwarded to Graham Chalkley, Assistant Practice Director, at [email protected] by Thursday 30 September 2021.

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