Balconies: From Fires, to “The Ban” & Beyond
45 min CPD
What is “The 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.
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. 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.
What advice does the balcony fire safety CPD provide?
This balcony fire safety CPD is the newest of our CPD presentations which captures all the wealth of knowledge from what we have researched into balcony fires. This captures the key balcony fires that have occurred since the Grenfell disaster and the extensive regulation and advice that has been issued and continues to change.
We bring our research to you in a comprehendible CPD that takes you on a journey through the numerous balcony fires that occurred in the past 3 years, the history of balconies, laminate glass and the combustible cladding ban. We then look into the future to see what action each individual can take in the industry to reduce the fire risk and improve balcony design.
This balcony fire safety CPD is not intended to give you product knowledge but rather explore the journey of recent balcony fires and relevant regulation. If you would like a product design CPD we recommend the Balcony Design CPD.