The Building Regulations Part B Fire Safety guidance and alternative compliance documents

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The Building Regulations Part B Fire Safety guidance and alternative compliance documents

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Courses Overview:


Building regulations are statutory instruments that seek to ensure that the policies set out in the relevant legislation are carried out. The Building Regulations Part B: Fire Safety document provides technical guidance for all buildings to ensure buildings are designed and constructed with acceptable levels of fire safety compliance.

This updated 1 – day course will discuss all aspects of fire safety guidance contained in the latest ‘clarified’ versions of the two volumes including volume 1 dwelling houses and volume 2 buildings other than dwelling houses.
The revised sections involving External fire spread for certain high rise buildings, cladding construction, material performance etc.

Sprinklers to blocks of flats and wayfinding signage requirements will be discussed.
Other fire safety standards and related fire safety guidance will be discussed, including the Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order 2005.

Benefits of the course:

  • It provides an in depth understanding of the requirements of Part B fire safety design of the Building Regulations and is an important part of any construction professional’s role in designing and constructing buildings to provide an acceptable level of fire safety.
  • It removes some of the myths that have evolved over the years regarding the complexity of building fire safety requirements.
  • The ability to navigate through the complexities of the documents.
  • Access the speaker’s wealth of knowledge in the application of the fire safety requirements for all buildings.
  • Practical examples and solutions on how to achieve compliance for some of the more common building situations.
  • Provides an understanding of alternative standards available to provide compliance.


• The need for fire safety in buildings.
• Summary of the legal status of the Part B document.
• The five sections that make up the Part B document
• Means of warning and escape principles
• Travel Distances
• Exit widths
• Staircase design
• Evacuation principles
• Inclusive design

B1 – Means of warning and escape

• Fire alarm and fire detection
• Flats
• Horizontal escape
• Vertical escape
• General provisions
• Example designs

B2 – Internal fire spread (linings)

• Wall and ceiling linings

B3 – Internal fire spread (structure)

• Load bearing elements
• Compartmentation
• Cavity barriers
• Fire stopping
• Special provisions

B4 – External fire spread

• External walls
• Space separation
• Roof coverings

B5 – Access and facilities for the fire and rescue service

• Fire mains and hydrants
• Vehicle access
• Access to buildings for fire fighting
• Venting of heat and smoke from basements

BS 9999 – Code of practice for the fire safety in the design, construction and use of buildings
• Review of the latest standard
• The document builds on the existing government guidance to provide an enhanced design guide which is based on scientific analysis and research.
BS 9991 – Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings. Code of practice
• Review of the latest standard
• Applies to dwellings, residential accommodation blocks and specialised housing.
RRO – Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order 2005
• Application of fire safety legislation putting a greater emphasis on fire prevention in all non-domestic properties.

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