Balcony Fires CPD: Learning from the past, an approach to the future
30 min CPD
This Fire CPD purely looks at current case studies of a few recent fires that have happened this year, explores common causes and how these can be designed out. It also gives clarity on the current fire regulations and our active product development. These solutions are above what is currently required but will give advice on what regulations we feel balconies will likely need to meet in the future.
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Why are Balcony Fires a concern?
Following the tragic fire at Grenfell on 14th June 2017, the government conducted a complete review of the claddings used on high rise residential buildings.
The result of this review was the introduction of significant changes to the relevant legislation including a combustible cladding ban. The “Combustible Cladding Ban” is the Amendment to the Building Regulations that came into force on 21st December 2018. Banning the use of combustible materials in external walls of high rise buildings above 18m.
Cladding and balconies on buildings over 18m high must be fire-resistant, achieving class than A2-s1, d0 or Class A1 (under the European classification system set out in the standard BS EN 13501-1) subject to exemptions.