Is there RAAC (concrete) in our homes?

Thursday, 14 September 2023


You’ve probably heard a lot in the news about concrete in public buildings. The concerns are around the specific concrete used in some schools, airports, libraries, etc, called RAAC.

It’s completely understandable if you have questions about whether there is any RAAC in your home.


Based on the information we have now,
there’s nothing to suggest we have any
RAAC issues with B3Living homes.


RAAC was a lot less common in houses and blocks of flats than other public buildings. Often, if it was used, it was only for small areas and not in a structural way.

But your safety comes first, and the advice is being updated every year.

So, we may be in touch to do checks as we learn more about building materials or are given new advice.

We did some checks back in 2019, and we have had lots of other surveys done on our buildings from recent years. Double checking our information is an important priority.

If we ever find that we need to, we will always look to make changes to keep our buildings up to date on safety.

It’s a lightweight form of concrete. RAAC stands for reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) and sometimes it’s called “aircrete” or “aerobar”.

It’s made from air bubbles in concrete toughened with metal rods.

It was used in some public buildings built in the 1950s and 80s, typically for roofs but sometimes for walls and floors.

The news headlines are worrying, especially for parents. But the situation is more complicated.

Sometimes having RAAC isn’t an issue on its own – it’s about the way it’s been fitted and where it’s been used.


What do I need to do?

For now, you don’t need to do anything.

We’ll keep you updated if we learn anything that affects you.

We might want to double check some buildings against the latest guidance. If this applies to your home, we’d be very grateful if you could help us to get to your home and have a look.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Russell Purvis, Head of Property Services on enquiries@b3living.org.uk.