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 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.