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BSI updates commercial buildings fire safety standard

BS 9999, the ‘Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings’ has been revised. BS 9999 gives recommendations and guidance on the design, management and use of commercial buildings to achieve reasonable standards of fire safety for all people in and around them. It also provides guidance on the on-going management of fire safety within a building throughout its entire life cycle.

What's new?

The new edition of BS 9999 includes the following changes:

  • Inclusion of a flowchart showing the sequential steps in the design process, to assist users in the application of the standard;
  • Revised clause on fire safety management with references to PAS 7;
  • Inclusion of watermist fire suppression systems;
  • Expansion of guidance on voice alarms;
  • Expansion of fire growth rates table to provide more information;
  • Removal of content now covered by BS 9991;
  • General update to take into account new and revised standards published since 2008.

The standard also features revised recommendations for:

  • Smoke and heat control
  • Fire curtain barrier assemblies
  • Mechanical ventilation and air-condition systems
  • Shopping complexes
  • Building exits
  • Ducting.
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