Building Regulations Approved Document B – Fire Safety (2000 Edition)

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This edition of  the Building Regulations Approved Document B, Fire safety which replaces the 1992 edition, contains the following sections:

Means Of Warning And Escape - The Requirement B1

  • Fire alarm and fire detection systems
  • Dwelling houses
  • Flats and maisonettes
  • Design for horizontal escape – buildings other than dwellings
  • Design for vertical escape – buildings other than dwellings
  • General provisions common to buildings other than dwelling houses

Internal Fire Spread (Linings) - The Requirement B2

  • Wall and ceiling linings

Internal Fire Spread (Structure) - The Requirement B3

  • Loadbearing elements of structure
  • Compartmentation
  • Concealed spaces (cavities)
  • Protection of openings and fire stopping
  • Special provisions for car parks and shopping complexes

External Fire Spread - The Requirement B4

  • Construction of external walls
  • Space separation
  • Roof coverings

Access And Facilities For The Fire Service - The Requirement B5

  • Fire Mains
  • Vehicle access
  • Access to buildings for firefighting personnel
  • Venting of heat and smoke from basements


  • Appendix A: Performance of materials and structures
  • Appendix B: Fire doors
  • Appendix C: Methods of measurement
  • Appendix D: Purpose groups
  • Appendix F: Fire behaviour of insulating core panels used for internal structures
  • Appendix G: Standards referred to
  • Other publications referred to


Source:   ODPM  

              (Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland.)


For more information on this source please visit Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.


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