Information for builders concerning fire safety in apartment buildings

NHBC was shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of life in the Grenfell Tower fire in London on Wednesday 14 June. Our deepest sympathies are with those who were injured or lost their lives, and with their families and loved ones.

NHBC welcomes the Public Inquiry to be chaired by Sir Martin Moore-Bick, as announced by the Prime Minister, together with the Expert Panel announced by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to advise on immediate safety action following the Grenfell Tower fire. We anticipate making a full contribution to both.

Builders registered with NHBC are required to comply with NHBC's prescribed technical standards for construction. These require builders to comply fully with all government set Building Regulations, including those concerning fire safety.


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NHBC is reviewing its guidance: 'Acceptability of common wall constructions containing combustible materials in high rise buildings' (July 2016), and pending the outcome of this review, the guidance has been withdrawn. Builders with projects that have made use of this guidance should contact NHBC through their NHBC surveyor or project manager in the first instance.

The Building Control Alliance Note 18: Use of Combustible Cladding Materials on Residential Buildings provides guidance on how to meet the Building Regulations.

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