Last reviewed 14 June 2022

Meeting recommendations from Phase One of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, improvements to fire safety guidance and building regulations to ensure tall buildings are made safer in England have been introduced by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

All new residential buildings over 11m will now have to include a Secure Information Box that will give fire and rescue services access to important details about a building in the event of a fire.

New residential developments over 18m will also have to incorporate an Evacuation Alert System to help fire and rescue services inform residents of a change in evacuation strategy, during an incident.

This will give fire and rescue services an additional tool to use on the ground, alongside existing methods of evacuation.

Building and Fire Safety Minister Lord Greenhalgh said: “We have introduced the biggest improvements to building safety in a generation, under the Building Safety Act. These changes will support our tough new regulatory regime – ensuring fire safety measures are incorporated into new high-rise homes and all new residential buildings meet the same safety standards.”

In addition, the Government has introduced tougher standards for external wall materials on new medium-rise blocks of flats.

A ban on the use of combustible materials in and on the external walls of new blocks of flats over 18m, in England — as well as hospitals, student accommodation and dormitories in boarding schools — has now been extended to new hotels, hostels and boarding houses of this height.

Following research carried out by the Government and evidence heard at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, Metal Composite Material panels with unmodified polyethylene core, known as MCM PE, will now be banned on all new buildings at any height.

The Government is implementing changes to the Building Regulation’s guidance, known as Approved Document B, to meet the Phase One recommendations of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. See here for more details.