BS9999 will provide risk-based guidance

The British Standards Institution has published a standard intended to make it easier to apply fire engineering principles to project design. Fire engineering is a risk-based rather than a prescriptive approach to fire safety design.

BS9999 will provide guidance on fire safety
BS9999 will provide guidance on fire safety

BS9999 code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings provides guidance on fire safety throughout the lifecycle of a building and covers four main areas:

  • Fire safety management
  • The provision of means of escape
  • The structural protection of escape facilities and the structural stability of the building in the event of a fire
  • The provision of access and facilities for fire fighting.

BS9999 replaces the previous draft for development DD9999 and includes a much-expanded section on means of escape for disabled persons to ensure compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act.

The BSI has also published a standard giving guidance on how to design effectively with daylight, BS8206-2:2008 lighting for buildings. The code of practice contains recommendations for designing with electric lighting in conjunction with daylight.