Building standards - (fire safety) external wall systems: consultation analysis

An analysis of the responses to the public consultation on a review of building standards relating to the fire safety of external wall systems to help ensure the safety of people in and around Scotland’s buildings.


1 Note that the height where BS 8414 can be used as a means of compliance has been reduced to 11 metres.

2 Note that the legislated purpose of the Building Regulations throughout the UK is Life Safety and buildings are not protected as an asset or as property.

3 Note that MHCLG is now known the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC)

4 Benefit of considering BS 8414 test results and greater clarity and ease of confirming conformance.

5 Unforeseen impacts and less able to be adapted to changing technologies and practices.

6 Now DLUHC (see footnote 3, page 21)




10 Footnote 4 in the consultation states "Excludes small buildings as defined in non-domestic technical handbook (NDTH) provided no storey more than 11m." The respondent stated that the footnote is not clear and there are several references to small buildings in the NDTH, but none of them appear in the guidance to Section 2 or seem relevant within the context of this consultation.


12 Decision of 4 October 1996 establishing the list of products belonging to Classes A "no contribution to fire"

13 ABI "Cladding Approvals – A review and investigation of [potential shortcomings of the BS8414 standard for the approval of cladding systems such as those commonly used on tall buildings"

14 Note that only individuals selecting "publish response with name" are listed in this table.

15 Excludes two respondents



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