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Fire resistance of buildings
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- Resistance to collapse, i.e. the ability to maintain loadbearing capacity (which applies to loadbearing elements only).
- Resistance to fire penetration, i.e. an ability to maintain the integrity of the element.
- Resistance to the transfer of excessive heat, i.e. an ability to provide insulation from high temperatures.
The appropriate criteria are specified in BS 476.
- Guidance in section 2 concerning the use of fire-resisting construction to protect means of escape.
- Guidance in section 9 about the fire resistance of external walls to restrict the spread of fire between buildings.
- Information in appendix A about methods of testing and the performance of elements of construction.
- Information in appendix B about fire doors.
- Information in appendix C about methods of measurement.
- Information in appendix D about purpose group classification.
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