Relevant technical information in regard to fire safety certificate applications – Fire Safety Codes and Standards

This section contains a list of codes and standards which address different building types. In will primarily be of use to building designers and building owners but also of relevance to Applicants, Agents, Architects, Fire Safety Consultants and Engineers in the preparation of Fire Safety Certificate Applications.
This list is compiled as an aid to designers. The inclusion of any code or standard in the list should not be taken as an endorsement of that code for any particular project.


 Building Regulations
Technical Guidance Document B (2006 ) – Fire Safety.
Technical Guidance Document K (1997) – Stairways, Ladders, Ramps and Guards
Technical Guidance Document M (2000) – Access for People with Disabilities


British Standards

 
BS 5588 SERIES Fire precautions in the design, construction and use of buildings
• Part 1: 1990 Code of practice for residential buildings
• Part 4: 1998 Code of practice for smoke control using pressure differentials
• Part 6: 1991 Code of practice for places of assembly
• Part 8: 1999 Code of practice for means of escape for disabled people
• Part 9: 1999 Code of practice for ventilation and air conditioning ductwork
• Part 10 1991 Code of practice for shopping complexes
• Part 11 1997 Code of Practice for shops, offices, industrial, storage and other similar buildings
BS 5906: 1980 (1987)Code of practice for storage and on-site treatment of solid waste from buildings

BS 5502:Part 23:1990 Buildings and Structures for Agriculture Part 23 Code of Practice for Fire Precautions

BS 5839 Fire detection and alarm systems for buildings
Part 1: 1988 Code of practice for system design, installation and servicing
Part 6: 1995 Code of practice for the design and installation of fire detection and alarm systems in dwellings

BS9999 (2008) Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings
 
Such documents may be obtained through IHS (Formerly Technical Indexes Ltd), Willoughby Road, Bracknell, RG12 8FB, UK (link:
http://uk.ihs.com/about/uk-location.htm ), as well as other sources. 


Standard for Means of Escape Assessment relevant to Schools
Building Bulletin 7 – Fire and the Design of Educational Buildings, is referred to in the Building Regulations. 
However it has been withdraw and is now replaced by: 
Building Bulletin 100 – Designing against the risk of fire in schools

Please note that all new school Fire Safety Certificate applications for schools will have the relevant means of escape sections assessed under Building Bulletin 100 and not Building Bulletin 7.


Standard for Means of Escape Assessment relevant to Hospitals
Firecode Health Technical Memorandum 81, Fire precautions in new hospitals, 1996 (HTM 81: 1996) is referred to within the Building Regulations
However it has been withdraw and is now replaced by:
Firecode – fire safety in the NHS Health Technical Memorandum 05-02: Guidance in support of functional provisions for healthcare premises

Please note that all new school Fire Safety Certificate applications for hospitals will have the relevant means of escape sections assessed under HTM 05-02 and not HTM 81: 1996.


UK Approved Document B2
This document provides other useful information in regard to the assessment of Fire Safety in Buildings Other than Dwellinghouses:

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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