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Special report: fire safety

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technical & practice


'Managing to Escape' AJ 22.1.98.

A review of the fire precautions in the design, construction and use of buildings; especially with reference to disabled egress.

'Going For the Burn' AJ 11.1.96

Describes New Burn Hall built for the Fire Research Station. Special care was taken in designing the air extract and cleaning system. Working details of profiled metal cladding.

'Cladding and Curtain Walling' AJ Focus 2.98. Includes details and examples of 2 hour fire rated flat composite cladding panel, and fire safety framed systems.


'Fire Performance of External Thermal Insulation for Walls of Multi-Storey Buildings' BREReport 135

Examines the appropriate application of external thermal insulation to control the extent of fire spread, including test results and design recommendations to minimise the hazard to life and to restrict the extent of necessary reinstatement following a serious fire.

'Composite Roof and Wall Cladding Panel Design Guide' from Metal Cladding and Roofing Manufacturers Association Technical Paper 9: 1995 and its updated in MCRM TP 7: 1994. Details the various fire resistance and insulating performances of metal clad systems.

'Choosing Between Cavity, Internal and External Wall Insulation' BRE Good Building Guide 5. This guide is for use during the planning stages of rehabilitation projects. It summarises the key decisions when choosing a method of insulation and identifies the principle features of a property which influence the choice of a particular approach.

'Guidance Notes on the Specification of Fire Retardant GRP Cladding Panels'

National GRP Construction Federation.

A brief report on External wall finishes and general fire safety in buildings.

BRE Report No 96

This report reviews the historical background and examines general principles for fire safety making use of the statistical data to support the findings and proposes a total approach to the provision of the fire safety measures. Data is assessed in a number of chapters dealing with means of escape, fire growth, fire containment, external spread and active fire protection measures.

'Performance of External Cladding Systems in Fire' Engineered Panels in Construction

This handy guide presents the results of the first major fire research programme to verify the reaction to fire behaviour of insulated panels and other external cladding systems.

'Fire Performance of Walls and Linings', BRE Digest 230

This digest discusses the role of room linings and wall construction in the growth and spread of fire. An important factor which influences the spread of fire within a compartment is the burning characteristics of the materials exposed, and this aspect is considered in detail.

'Building Design Using Cold-Formed Steel Sections: Fire Protection', Steel Construction Institute Publication 129:1993

The guidance covers the fire resistance of protected sections in floors and walls acting as compartment walls and the fire protection of conventional beams and columns.


The Building Regulations 1991: Fire Safety: Approved Document B, Department of the Environment and The Welsh Office 1992 edition (with amendments) 1992. Current legislation to be superseded in July 2000.

'Structural fire precautions' SO Technical Standards for Compliance with the Building Standards: (Scotland) Regulations 1990

Building control regulations as they apply to fire resistance and fire protection in Scotland.


'IFSEC 2000' ( the international fire and security show) is at the nec from 8-11 May. Including 'Fire Expo 2000' and 'Safety and Health at Work 2000'.

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