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BS 5588-7:1997

Fire precautions in the design, construction and use of buildings. Code of practice for the incorporation of atria in buildings

Status : Superseded, Withdrawn   Published : November 1997 Replaced By : BS 9999:2008

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This part of BS 5588 provides guidance on the incorporation of one or more atria into new and existing buildings. The primary objective of the code is to ensure that the incorporation of an atrium into a building does not present an increased risk to life as a result of fire and smoke spread.

This code is concerned only with those additional measures that may be required to compensate for any increased risk resulting from the inclusion of an atrium within a building. It is not intended to provide a fire-engineered solution for any particular design.

The principles presented in this standard are applicable to all building types containing atria other than:

  • prisons or other buildings intended for the confinement of persons;
  • auditoria in theatres or similar places of entertainment, for which guidance is given in BS 5588-6;
  • malls in shopping complexes for which guidance is given in BS 5588-10.
  • small premises covered in Clause 10 of BS 5588-11;
  • buildings in occupancy categories A & B (see 7.2) containing a two-storey atrium, with one of the two storeys being at ground level, which are designed for simultaneous evacuation with storey exits remote from the atrium.

This code deals only with those aspects of design, construction and management that relate specifically to the presence of an atrium within the building. Other aspects of fire safety design should be followed in accordance with appropriate legislation and codes of practice.

A range of design solutions for atrium buildings presented in this code is based on four different occupancy types:

  • awake and familiar with building layout;
  •  awake and unfamiliar with building layout;
  • sleeping risk; and
  • significant number of people requiring medical or nursing care.

In addition to making recommendations intended to establish the basic requirements for life safety, this code gives guidance on measures that may be taken to reduce the potential for damage to the contents and finishes of a building.

This code presents the general principles to be adopted in the design and management of a building containing one or more atria, together with a number of exemplars for different types and occupancy of building.

The solutions are not exhaustive and other methods may exist by which an equivalent level of fire safety can be achieved. All designs based on calculations to the extent recommended in this code can be considered to be a form of fire safety engineering, and should be supported by documentation fully detailing the calculations and assumptions made, and the values of any input parameters.

The paramount importance of building management in ensuring staff training, equipment maintenance and evacuation management is recognized, and this code provides guidance to building managers on the development, documentation and implementation of a fire safety management plan.

This code is not intended to apply to buildings during the course of construction or alteration.




Standard NumberBS 5588-7:1997
TitleFire precautions in the design, construction and use of buildings. Code of practice for the incorporation of atria in buildings
StatusSuperseded, Withdrawn
Publication Date15 November 1997
Confirm Date01 November 2007
Withdrawn Date01 April 2009
Cross ReferencesBS 476-7:1987, BS 467-20:1987, BS 476-21:1987, BS 476-22:1987, BS 476-31.1:1983, BS 5306-2:1990, BS 5499-1:1990, BS 5588-4:1998, BS 5588-6:1991, BS 5588-9:1999, BS 5588-10:1991, BS 5588-11:1997, BS 5588-12, BS 5839-1:1988, BS 5852:1990, BS 5867-2:1980, BS 6206:1981, BS 5268-4, BS 6207, BS 6387:1994, BS 7346-1:1990, BS 7346-2:1990, BS 7346-3:1990, BS 7671, Building (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 1981, Building (Procedure) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1990, BS 5268-4, BS 5950-8:1990, BS 7176:1995, BS EN 1021-1:1994, BS EN 1021-2:1994, PD 6520:1988, BS 7671, Building Regulations, Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations, Building Regulations (Northern Ireland), Fire Precautions Act 1971, Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987, Building Act 1984, Fire Certificates (Special Premises) Regulations 1976, Building (Scotland) Act, 1959, Fire Certificates (Special Premises) Regulations 1976, Fire Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1984, Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978, Planning an
Replaced ByBS 9999:2008
Amended ByAMD 14991
AMD 10546, August 1999 (not available separately).
Draft Superseded By90/43820 DC
DescriptorsFire safety in buildings, Fire safety, Buildings, Design, Safety measures, Structural design, Architectural design, Means of escape from fire in buildings, Decision theory, Trees (mathematics), Firefighting equipment, Fire alarms, Warning devices, Building maintenance, Height, Management, Commissioning, Grades (quality), Fire sprinklers, Control systems, Security glazing, Smoke control, Ventilation, Fire spread prevention, Automatic, Fire detectors, Legislation, Atria (buildings)
ICS13.220.20
91.060.99
Title in FrenchPrecautions contre l'incendie dans la conception, construction et utilisation de batiments. Code de pratique d'incorporation d'orifices d'oreillettes dans les batiments
Title in GermanBrandschutzmassnahmen bei Planung, Errichtung und Gebrauch von Gebaeuden. Leitfaden zum Einbau von Atria in Gebaeuden
CommitteeFSH/14
ISBN0 580 27642 2
PublisherBSI
FormatA4
DeliveryYes
Pages96
File Size1.536 MB
Price£244.00


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