Building Controls & Fire Suppression
If you’re looking to build a new property, renovate your existing property, or build a loft conversion/extension, whether this be on a residential or domestic property, you may be required to have a fire suppression system installed, in accordance to building control.
The iMist fire suppression system can be installed in all domestic and residential properties, including:
- Care Homes
- Sheltered Housing
- Residential Housing
- Retirement Homes
- Block of Flats
- Rehabilitation Accommodation
- Student Accommodation
- Individual Dwelling House
- Individual Flat
- Individual Maisonette
- Transportable Home
- Bed & Breakfast
- Boarding Houses
- Houses of Multiple Occupation
- Barn/Church Conversions
When Does A Property Require A Fire Suppression System?
A studio flat is typically an open plan living space, where the bedroom is open to the kitchen area, meaning there are no partitions in the property from a potential fire source, from one room to another. The bedroom in a studio flat is typically located at the back of the property, which could be blocked for a clear exit route, in the event of a fire.
A fire suppression system must be installed in every habitable room, covering all escape routes, to ensure in the event of a fire, habitants of a property are able to escape.
Basement conversions are progressively becoming more popular, offering property owners to expand their property when there is lack of space above ground, surrounding the property.
Open plan living, again, is a very popular style within a property, but along with open plan comes the risk of a potential fire spreading throughout a property. Basement conversions are a little more difficult to escape if a fire arises, being underground, an escape route to get back up the stairs to ground level, is necessary.
45M Metre Access
Some properties may come across a situation in which a fire engine can not get within 45 metre of the building. When a fire engine can not get close enough a property, they’re unable to extend the hose far enough to combat the fire.
With a fire suppression system installed, this gives more time for the fire brigade to fight the fire, by preventing it from spreading.
Another popular way of extending a property is loft conversions. Matching to the trend of open plan spaces, most loft conversions are open space, which prevents the want of fire doors within the property.
To ensure an open plan loft conversion meets building controls, a fire suppression system can be installed to ensure a safe escape route, with nozzles in each hallway and/or open area level to the stairs.
Single Escape Route
In any residential or domestic property, you may only have one means of escape from the property. If there is only one main route for escape, a fire suppression system is required to ensure safety of habitants.
For properties that have their lowest windows measuring 4.5m from ground level, a fire suppression system is required, due to the potential of a fatality if windows above this height are used as an escape route.
Sheltered Housing & Care Homes
Sheltered housing covers a band of properties that are rented by, what is classified as, ‘vulnerable people.’ Care homes are different to sheltered housing in the aspect that, habitants are typically able to look after themselves in sheltered housing.
Both types of property would effectively require a form of fire protection to ensure habitants are protected in the event of a fire. Covering fire exits and habitable rooms.
Whether you’re a home owner looking to renovate; an architect or quantity surveyor working on a project, it is important to understand the requirements for building regulations and a fire suppression system.