The Glass & Glazing Federation is continuing to press the government over its ban on the use of laminated safety glass in high-level balconies and balustrades.

Members met this week by webinar after the organisation prepared extensive test reports to present to the Housing Ministry as well as devolved governments as part of its continuing efforts to challenge the ban.

The GGF set up its Document B Working Party which has since undertaken large scale tests on the material’s safety when exposed to fire.

After the Webinar, managing director John Agnew said: “The GGF has put a lot of time, planning and thought into this very important issue that affects many of our Members. We will continue our engagement with Government and update Members as and when we have more information on this matter.

“Fire safety in buildings is of paramount importance to the GGF, but a fair and reasonable approach should be adopted, not just for the benefit of the glass and glazing industry, but also for the wider construction sector and end users.”

President Tony Smith added: “The team believes that the case for lifting the ban imposed as a result of changes to Regulation 7 SI1230 is strengthened by this GGF led activity.

I would also like to thank H.B. Fuller / Kommerling, TuffX Processing Ltd. Glassline Gmbh and Independent Glass Company for their support in this project which I believe contributes significantly to the understanding of the behaviour of Standard Laminated Safety Glass in a Fire scenario.”