“This is welcome news, after the Grenfell disaster we have to make sure that health and safety procedures are tightened up so that nothing like this could ever happen again”, said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest), commenting on the legislation to improve fire safety and boost Scotland’s Net Zero ambitions being laid before the Scottish Parliament.
Under the legislation, developers will be banned from using combustible cladding on high-rise buildings. Since 2005, new cladding systems on high rise blocks of flats have either had to use non-combustible materials or pass a large-scale fire test. The building standards legislation removes the option of a fire test, completely prohibiting such materials from use on domestic and other high-risk buildings, such as care homes and hospitals, above 11m.
The highest risk metal composite cladding material will be banned from any new building of any height, with replacement cladding also required to meet the new standards. The legislation also includes improvements to energy performance standards, aiming to make buildings easier to heat while ensuring they are well ventilated and comfortable to live in.
Councillor Kenny MacLaren added:
“Scotland already had better guidance about cladding but this new legislation tightens them even further.
“With four high flats in our ward, we are obviously keen to see this legislation tightening the safety for all residents.”
Councillor Mags MacLaren said:
“Taken together with the new fire alarms regulations, covering all homes in Scotland regardless of ownership, this is yet another step on the Scottish Government’s mission to minimise the risk of deaths and injuries from fire.
“The energy improvements will deliver another important step toward improved energy and emission performance of our buildings, and the Scottish Government and councils will be going further on this in 2024 with regulations requiring new buildings to use zero-emissions heating systems.”