Research and analysis

Compartment size, resistance to fire and fire safety research

The department commissioned the Building Research Establishment to carry out a project on compartment size, resistance to fire and fire safety - these are the findings from 7 work streams.

Documents

Work stream 1: periods of fire resistance

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Work stream 2: maximum fire compartment sizes

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Work stream 3: construction details - roof voids, cavity barriers and fire/smoke dampers

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Work stream 3: construction details - guidance document

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Work stream 4: fire protection of basements and basement car parks

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Work stream 5: sprinkler provisions

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Work stream 6: space separation

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Work stream 7: means of escape for disabled people

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Details

The department commissioned the Building Research Establishment to carry out a project on compartment size, resistance to fire and fire safety.

The findings of this research will be considered in the technical review of Approved Document B (Fire Safety), for which the government issued a call for evidence on 18 December 2018.

The main aim of the project was to produce evidence and data based on research, experimental fire testing, computer modelling and laboratory testing, where necessary, on a number of linked work streams in relation to fire safety and associated provisions in Part B of Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations.

Published 1 February 2019