What is combustible cladding?

Certain types of cladding can burn rapidly if it catches alight. Problems with metal composite panels and insulated cladding systems relate mainly to multi-storey buildings because of the potential for rapid fire spread via the external areas of the building. These products can ignite easily and melt at relatively low temperatures.

It is important to note that the presence of external combustible cladding on a building does not necessarily mean it is a fire hazard. It depends on where the cladding has been applied and the building’s overall fire safety measures.