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The role of codes, standards and approvals in delivering fire safety

BRE (The Building Research Establishment) is an independent, research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation, operating in the built environment and associated industries.

BRE’s Information Paper, The role of codes, standards and approvals in delivering fire safety (IP 5/16) was written by Sarah Colwell and published by IHS on 7 September 2016.

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New and emerging markets bring with them an increasing need to demonstrate compliance with a wide range of codes and standards, and this has the potential to cause confusion between the performance of products when tested and the evidence needed to meet different local requirements.

Traditionally, there have been two types of safety requirements relevant to fire suppression products:

  • Life safety.
  • Property protection.

This Information Paper:

  • Identifies the processes used to test and approve fire suppression products.
  • Discusses the risks of assuming compatibility between different codes and standards.
  • Considers the differences between the types of documentary evidence used to support products in the form of test reports compared with third-party certification.
  • Discusses the importance of the appropriate design, installation and maintenance of systems, with possibilities for mitigating risks for the building owner or occupier.

It is aimed at specifiers, designers, regulators and manufacturers.

Its contents include:

  • Which building codes?
  • Selection of design and installation standards.
  • Product performance standards.
  • Testing.
  • Certification.
  • CE marking and third-party approval.
  • Conclusion.
  • References.

--BRE Group

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