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BS9991 - Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings

BS 9991 exists to help people put adequate fire safety measures in place in residential buildings. This includes fire detection and alarm systems and fixed fire-fighting systems.

The 2015 revision provides a full technical update, to take into account new and revised standards published since its last publication, in 2011.

What is BS 9991:2015?
BS 9991 gives recommendations and guidance on the design, management and use of residential buildings so that they attain reasonable standards of fire safety for all the people who are in and around them. It covers:

Dwellings (single-family dwelling houses, self-contained flats or maisonettes)
Residential accommodation blocks (e.g. for students or hospital staff), with individual bedrooms and the provision of kitchen/sanitary facilities constructed within a fire compartment
Specialized housing
The standard applies to the design of new buildings, and to material alterations, extensions and material changes of use to existing buildings. It does not cover hotels, caravans/mobile homes, hospitals, residential care homes, places of lawful detention or hostels.

BS 9991:2015 also provides guidance on the ongoing management of fire safety in a building throughout the entire lifecycle of the building. This includes guidance for designers to ensure that the overall design of a building assists and enhances the management of fire safety. The recommendations and guidance given are intended to safeguard the lives of building occupants and fire-fighters.

What’s new on BS 9991:2015?
BS 9991:2015 presents some major changes, which include:

Change from “sheltered or extra care housing” to “specialized housing” and expansion of related recommendations
Expanded recommendations for escape from basements
Updating of recommendations relating to lifts
New recommendations for power supplies
New recommendations for cluster accommodation
New guidance on the management of additional needs and disabilities
General update to take into account new and revised standards published since 2011
Who should use BS 9991:2015?

This standard was written for:
Fire safety engineers
Fire and rescue service
Fire risk assessors
Building control officers
Installers of fire and smoke alarms
Certification and installation scheme inspectors

How does BS 9991 relate to BS 9999?

BS 9991 complements and aligns with BS 9999, which is a code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings that are not residential.

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