BS 8414 Cladding Testing

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The Fire Protection Association is accredited by UKAS to carry out BS 8414 testing - fire performance of external cladding on buildings -  one of only four organisations in the UK and Northern Ireland currently able to offer this.

In response to the Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of the system of fire safety building regulations, cladding testing has now become of paramount importance. The UK has few facilities where UKAS accredited cladding testing can be conducted and even when a slot is available it can take months to receive results - the vital evidence needed to satisfy Building Control.

Our laboratory in Gloucestershire has two full height test rigs for the carrying out of UKAS accredited British Standard 8414 cladding tests. We also have a half-sized test rig that can be used for small scale bespoke testing and research. The half sized rig gives users the opportunity to assess the fire performance of design details without going to the expense of carrying out a full scale BS 8414 test.

Staffed by experienced technicians the FPA offers independent and impartial results and works on a fast turnaround, aiming to provide the test and classification reports within two weeks of the completion of the testing process.

Why use the FPA for testing?
  • Full UKAS accreditation for delivery of the BS 8414 tests
  • We are currently only one of four companies offering this in the UK and Northern Ireland (two of which are based in Northern Ireland.)
  • Very competitive prices, from a not for profit organisation
  • Testing is completed in the UK FPA laboratory
  • Two full sized and one half size rig
  • Experienced laboratory staff
  • Independent and impartial results
  • Excellent reporting turnaround times
  • Conforms with new legislation
Current Guidance


The 2019 Technical Handbooks, that are due come into effect on the 01 October 2019, will introduce more stringent requirements for wall cladding systems as follows:

  • Technical Handbook – Domestic, Section 2.7 Spread on external walls, requires external wall cladding to be European Classification A1 or A2 where the storey height is more than 11m or if the building is sited less than 1m from a boundary.
  • Technical Handbook – Non-Domestic, Section 2.7 Spread on external walls, requires A1 and A2 for certain entertainment / assembly buildings, hospitals, residential care buildings and all other non-domestic buildings with a storey height above 11m or if the building is sited less that 1m from a boundary. 

Both Technical Handbooks acknowledge the testing of external cladding in accordance with BS 8414 and classification in terms of BR 135 (including the application of test results in terms of BS 9414) as recognised alternatives to the European Classifications.


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