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Guidelines for Approved Document B – including the 2020 and 2022 Amendments – have been issued by the Ministry of Settlement, Housing and Communities in the form of answers to frequently asked questions.
Frequently asked questions cover means of warning and escape, indoor fire spread (requirement B3), fire service access and facilities, application and scope of approved document b.
Topics covered by the Frequently Asked Questions for Alarm and Escape Means (Requirement B1) BS5839-6 include smoke alarms in dormitories, locking doors in HMOs, sheltered staircases and fire doors in dwellings, closing doors for small blocks of apartments, and single bed as opposed to single person tariffs for rooms Nursing home.
For internal fire spread in structures (requirement B3), topics include intersections of cabin walls with ceilings, single-storey store extensions exceeding 2,000 square metres, sprinklers in blocks of flats, and wide cavities.
Topics covered for fire service access and facilities (requirement B5) include maximum hose distances, distances for pumping devices, distances for firefighting access, and connection points for dry fire piping.
Questions regarding the application and scope of the approved document include (b) guidance on combustible structures in meeting building regulations, buildings with unusual structural designs, versions of the indicated named standards, extent of splash protection required for ramp extensions exceeding 11 metres, and precautions against fire in self- Catering for holiday homes and short rentals.
See the full list of frequently asked questions about the B-certified document here.
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