Belfast Telegraph

Cladding tests offered to Northern Ireland's property owners

By Michael Sheils McNamee

The Executive Office has announced that it is offering support to property owners, landlords, and managers across Northern Ireland to test the cladding on their buildings.

This comes as part of a UK-wide response following the Grenfell Tower fire in North Kensington in which at least 80 people are confirmed or presumed dead.

These tests aim to determine the presence of aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding which has been linked to causing the London blaze to spread and which has since been withdrawn from sale worldwide.

The material itself is not dangerous but it is important that property owners use the correct type.

In a statement, the Executive Office has said that it is "making those responsible for high rise residential blocks in Northern Ireland aware of their responsibilities and the testing arrangements".

Any residential block higher than six storeys or 18 metres will be able to avail of the testing facilities.

Aluminium composite material is made up of two sheets bonded to a non-aluminium core, and generally has a copper or zinc finish.

Further details of the safety checks can be found on the NI Direct website.

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