Whether the construction of a new building, material change of an existing property, or simply the requirement of a fire alarm and emergency lighting system (or even to identify how many occupants can be in a floor space together with their safe escape), an effective fire safety strategy and/or design may be needed.
Under Section 3 of the Building Regulations (England and Wales) 2010 Regulation 12, any intended building work, or work which makes a material change of use to an existing building, requires notice to be given and have the building plans inspected by, the local authority Building Control.
Regulation 14 also identifies, where the design includes fire safety measures incorporated within the plans, that an effective strategy and design is in place before a ‘certificate of compliance’ is issued.
Furthermore, Regulation 38 requires any person carrying out building work to give ‘fire safety information’ relating to the design and construction of the work to the responsible person.
This is also reflected within Building (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and supporting Building Standards procedural handbook, together with the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.
Prism can provide comprehensive fire safety strategies and designs of any building project you are considering, based upon the current guidance in either building Regulations Approved Document B (fire safety), or for a more flexible approach BS9999 ‘Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings’. The strategies and designs would then form part of your submitted plans to the local authority for approval of your project.
If such an enhanced strategy is not required, Prism can also offer more focussed designs such as emergency lighting systems, fire alarm systems, or simply occupancy floor factors of spaces using exit flows to calculate how many persons are safely allowed within a specific area.
Prism currently provides fire strategy and design for:
Contact us today to see how Prism can assist you with the Fire Safety Advisor role.