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Grenfell disaster probe 'finds race to the bottom' in buildings safety practices

The Royal Institute of British Architects has campaigned for a ban on combustible cladding and says above all its members need clarity.

The bare minimum of big changes in the system must be an end to any combustible material on the sides of high-rise tower blocks, an end to this so-called desktop study which is a paper-based way of getting around testing material and allowing them to be put on buildings and certified as safe, he said.

Well being and security professional Dame Judith Hackitt, who revealed her evaluate of constructing guidelines this morning, mentioned there was a "damaged system" however will not go so far as to completely ban harmful supplies.

But she did not call for a ban on materials capable of burning from tall buildings, saying: "This is most definitely not a question of the specification of cladding systems".

On Thursday, Dame Judith Hackitt, the senior engineer responsible for reviewing the building regulations in the wake of the Grenfell fire, will publish her final report.

She advised BBC Radio 4's At this time programme {that a} "wholesale tradition change" and a "a lot stronger regulatory regime" was wanted after the tragic fireplace.

The issue has far-reaching implications not only for the construction industry but also for social housing landlords and private landlords, as dozens of other high-rise buildings have been found to have cladding that could pose a fire safety risk. "When we met Dame Judith, we looked her in the eye and we asked her - among other things - to ban unsafe cladding".

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"The above issues have helped to create a cultural issue across the sector, which can be described as a "race to the bottom" caused either through indifference, or because the system does not facilitate good practice", she said.

"I simply fail to see how it is deemed appropriate for any combustible material to be used on any tower block in this country". "Ban flammable cladding", she said.

"It beggars belief that the government's building safety review gives the green light to combustible materials on high-rise blocks", said John Healey, Labour's housing policy chief.

In response to the criticism, Dame Judith said she was open to seeing combustible cladding banned in future.

She said: "My investigation has determined that there are people out there taking short cuts, cutting costs and not taking responsibility for building buildings that are safe to live in".

But the government said Dame Judith was "an independent and authoritative voice".

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