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Last edited 14 Oct 2020
BS 9991:2015 Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings. Code of practice
The British Standards Institution (BSI) is the UK National Standards Body (NSB). It publishes standards and provides a range of books, self-assessment tools, conferences and training services. It also represents UK economic and social interests in European and international standards organisations.
BS 9991:2015 Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings. Code of practice, complements BS 9999: Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings (for buildings that are not residential).
BS 9991 is intended to help people put suitable fire safety measures in place in residential buildings, such as; fire detection and alarm systems, fixed fire-fighting systems and so on. It gives recommendations and guidance on the design, management and use of residential buildings so they achieve reasonable standards of fire safety for people who are in and around them and fire-fighters.
It provides guidance on the management of fire safety during the whole lifecycle of a building. It applies to the design of new buildings, and to material alterations, extensions and material changes of use to existing buildings.
It is intended for use by:
- Fire safety engineers.
- Fire and rescue service.
- Fire risk assessors.
- Building control officers.
- Installers of fire and smoke alarms.
- Certification and installation scheme inspectors.
The 2015 edition includes a full technical update, taking into account new and revised standards published since the previous 2011 edition:
- A change from ‘sheltered or extra care housing’ to ‘specialized housing’ and expansion of the related recommendations.
- Expanded recommendations for escape from basements.
- Updated recommendations relating to lifts.
- New recommendations for power supplies.
- New recommendations for cluster accommodation.
- New guidance on the management of additional needs and disabilities.
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