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10 October 2019
A government-commissioned piece of research, which looks into the fire performance of non-Aluminium Composite Material on external wall systems, will be published 'this Autumn,' government officials confirm.
The tests, undertaken by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), looked at zinc and copper composite materials, aluminium honeycomb panels, high-pressure laminate panels, brick slip systems, and reconstituted stone.
An Expert Panel had advised the government that the research was necessary.
Despite previously brushing off requests for information, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Esther McVey, confirmed this week that 'the research findings will be published in Autumn.'
The response came in a response to a Commons question from Labour’s Steve Reed as to when the report might be published.
Last month, Esther was pressured for the release of building fire safety papers, with the Commons HCLG committee calling for the release of reneged details of materials deemed too dangerous for new developments but allowed for old.