We round-up articles looking at fire safety.
Revisions to BS 5266 have been made to better align the document with national and European standards and to reflect the fact that, in some scenarios, such as hospitals or care homes, occupants may need to remain on the premises in safety.
What is the difference between an ordinary door and a fire door? This article provides some insight into the use of fire doors in passive fire protection, how they should be specified correctly and who is responsible for their maintenance.
Parts L, J, F and G of the Building Regulations Approved Documents have been amended. From October 2010, energy efficiency standards, improved ventilation rates and significant carbon reduction criteria are mandatory. Domestic properties must also reduce their average water use by 10 per cent. Presented by the main authors of the Approved Documents and other leading experts in the field, this programme explains the key issues to be aware of and the various methods of compliance.
The amended Building Regulations Approved Document L: 'Conservation of fuel and power' (coming into force in October 2010) will impose significant improvements in the energy efficiency standards of new domestic and non-domestic buildings and reduce carbon footprints of existing homes. This programme provides a snapshot of the likely changes and obligations to look out for.
Adrian Cave explores a range of factors to be considered when attempting to make historic buildings inclusive.