MCRMA publishes guidance on facade systems testing

The Metal Cladding & Roofing Manufacturers Association (MCRMA) has published an Advice Note titled Façade Systems Testing which has been produced following DCLG’s publication of the results on Friday, 28th July of the first of its six ACM (Aluminium Composite Material) cladding BS 8414 Part 1 fire tests. The test conducted at the BRE, comprising PIR (polyisocyanurate) insulation with polyethylene (PE) core ACM, failed a BR 135 assessment and the combination of these materials is therefore, deemed non-compliant with Building Regulations.

The Advice Note sets out guidance for those who are responsible for the safety of buildings with this type of façade system; firstly, on the removal of the cladding and/or insulation and secondly, in identifying a solution for the replacement of the façade. This guidance should be considered in conjunction with information issued by the Government via the DCLG, with regard to the overall safety of the building’s occupants.

The MCRMA web site contains the details of members who can assist in the rectification of a building, including consultants, professional advisors and manufacturers. Any MCRMA member will be pleased to recommend a reliable installer to help remove and replace an affected façade. All members comply with the MCRMA charter and code of conduct, and all manufacturer members possess ISO 9001 quality accreditation.