Non-loadbearing external cladding systems have for many years been used to increase the thermal performance of multi-storey residential tower blocks and hence the buildings lifespan.  Increasingly, these systems are being used in new build with the cladding systems being fixed to and supported by a light steel  frame and a wide range of design solutions and materials are currently available.

The risk of fire spread in multi-storey buildings is an issue of concern, and recent fires have continued to highlight this. External cladding systems have the potential to quickly spread fire through a multistorey building causing potential loss of life and extensive property damage.

This 1 day course will give information on basic fire dynamics, the mechanisms of external fire spread around tall buildings, 3rd party testing & approvals and how they differ, cladding applications and generic systems currently in use. Delegates will gain an understanding of BS 8414-1, BS8414-2 and BR135 and their relationship with Approved Document B (including the December 2018 amendments).

The day concludes with a short examination.


Learning Objectives

By the end of the course delegates will have gained knowledge of:

  • Fire and how it spreads around a building both internally and externally.
  • Current legislation related to external walls
  • BS 8414-1:2015, BS 8414-2:2015, BR135
  • Third Party Testing and Certification
  • Cladding applications and systems currently in use
  • What to look for when inspecting a system during and post construction


Target Audience

This training course is aimed at anyone who is involved in the design, installation, and inspection of cladding systems, including installers, specifiers, Architects and architectural technicians, Project managers, Building Control Officers, Safety Inspectors, Insurers, Fire Risk Assessors, Fire Professionals and Facilities Managers.


Course cost

A discount of 20% is available for LPCB approved companies for the second and subsequent places. Please contact BRE Academy for a discount code


In our range of active and passive fire protection courses, we have a fire door inspection course,  a foundation course in passive fire protection and an online fire safety awareness course.  You can find LPCB approved fire products on RedbookLive.

£350.00 + VAT
per person


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