Tests offered on Aluminium Composite cladding in residential high rise buildings

Date published: 05 July 2017

Owners, landlords and managers of private residential blocks in Northern Ireland are being offered support in determining the presence of ACM (Aluminium Composite Material) cladding on their buildings and in testing this component, in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.


As part of the UK wide response to the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in North Kensington, The Executive Office is making those responsible for high rise residential blocks in Northern Ireland aware of their responsibilities and the testing arrangements.

Where Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) has been used on residential blocks that are higher than six storeys or 18 metres those responsible for the buildings can avail of the testing arrangements put in place nationally.

If ACM cladding is identified, testing of sample material can be carried out at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and costs will be met by the government. Following testing, any necessary remediation will be the responsibility of the owner of the building.

Further information, including guidance on checking if ACM cladding has been used and how to have a sample tested, is available on nidirect

ACM is not of itself dangerous, but it is important that the right type is used.

In addition to this work, it is important that owners and landlords have robust fire assessments for their properties.

The Northern Ireland Civil Service will continue to participate in the national response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

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