Understanding Part B of the Building Regulations is an important part of any construction professional’s job in designing for fire safety.

A major revamp of the Regs came into force last year, but getting to grips with new Approved Document B accompanying the Regs is easier said than done.

It’s twice the size of the previous edition, includes major changes to the compliance criteria and greater technical detail – and is published in two parts to cover domestic and non-domestic buildings.

In this programme the changes in Approved Document B relating to fire safety design in residential and non residential buildings are examined.

About the contributor(s)

Miller Hannah graduated in 1991 from the University of Strathclyde with a Beng (Hons) in Building Design Engineering. He went to work for Warrington Fire Research Consultants on a new British Standard for Fire Engineering. This is now published as "BS 7974: Application of fire safety engineering principles to the design of buildings." Miller put these principles into practice via several consultancy projects including Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Manchester United North Stand, Midsummer Place in Milton Keynes, Docklands Campus, University of East London and regional distribution centres for Argos and Tesco. Miller then worked at Tenos Fire Safety Engineering before joining Hoare Lea in 2000 to establish the Fire Engineering Group. The group focuses exclusively on fire engineering and uses modern computational techniques to examine smoke development, people movement and structural response in fires. Employing 15 fire engineers, the group has completed projects for the UK's leading developers and clients. These include a 750,000 ft² office for Hammerson in Spitalfields, Bank of America's Headquarters in Canary Wharf and Accenture's headquarters in Southwark.

Hoare Lea is a major player in the residential sector and has worked on over 200 projects including Pan Peninsula in London's Docklands. When completed this will be the tallest residential building in Europe.