BS 9991:2011 Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings. Code of practice

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BS 9991:2011

Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings. Code of practice

Status : Current, Work in hand   Published : December 2011



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BS 9991:2011 Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings. Code of practice

BS 9991:2011 gives recommendations and guidance on the design, management and use of the following building types, to achieve reasonable standards of fire safety for all people in and around:

  • 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, accommodating not more than six persons;
  • Sheltered housing and extra care housing.

It is not applicable to hotels, caravans/mobile homes, hospitals, residential care/nursing homes, places of lawful detention, hostels or houses of multiple occupancy.

BS 9991:2011 is applicable to the design of new buildings, and to material alterations, extensions and material change of use of an existing building. It also provides guidance on the ongoing management of fire safety in a building throughout the entire life cycle of the building, including guidance for designers to ensure that the overall design of a building assists and enhances the management of fire safety. It can be used as a tool for assessing existing buildings, although fundamental change in line with the guidelines might well be limited or not practicable.

Contents for BS 9991:2011 includes:

Section 1: General
- Introduction
- Scope
- Normative references
- Terms and definitions
- General recommendations and background

Section 2: Designing means of escape
- General
- Means of escape and provision for rescue from houses
- Means of escape from flats and maisonettes
- Means of escape from sheltered, extra care and other special housing
- Internal planning of flats

Section 3: Stairs and final exits
- Number and siting of common stair
- Width of common stairs
- Enclosure of common stairs
- Basement stairs
- Stairs within mixed-use developments
- Access lobbies and corridors to protected stairways
- External stairs
- Discharge from common stairs and final exits

Section 4: Access and facilities for fire-fighting
- General recommendations for fire-fighting facilities
- Fire-fighting access
- Water supplies for fire and rescue service fire-fighting use
- Information for fire and rescue service use

Section 5: Active fire protection
- Fire detection and alarm systems
- Sprinkler and watermist systems
- Manual fire-fighting equipment
- Special risk protection
- Smoke control

Section 6: Design for construction
- Fire resistance
- Compartmentation
- External fire spread and building separation
- Concealed spaces
- Materials
- Service ducts, pipes and shafts
- Glazed fire-resisting elements
- Active fire curtain/barrier assemblies
- Openings
- Floors and ramps on escape routes
- Design and construction of common stairs

Section 7: Mechanical systems for ducted heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
- HVAC systems within individual dwellings
- HVAC systems serving the whole building or interconnecting dwellings and other residential units

Section 8: Ancillary accommodation to flats and maisonettes
- Ancillary accommodation
- Installation of engineering services
- Engineering service installation rooms
- Gas services, installation and service pipes
- Electrical services
- Gas and electricity meters
- Lighting
- Lift machine rooms and machinery spaces
- Communal heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
- Refuse storage, disposal and incineration
- Car parks and domestic garages

Section 9: Management
- Management of sheltered housing
- Evacuation of disabled occupants or occupants that require assistance to escape
- Residents
- Caretakers
- Maintenance of fire protection measures
- Maintenance of building plant and equipment
- Ensuring that systems respond properly in an emergency

Section 10: Building works: Material alterations, extensions, refurbishment, change of use, disuse, decommissioning and demolition
- Design of works
- Change of use
- Refurbishments
- Dwellings in disuse and areas decommissioned
- Managing building work and material alterations
- Building works to occupied or partly occupied buildings


This British Standard supersedes BS 5588-1:1990, which is withdrawn.

Relationship with other publications

This standard complements BS 9999, Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings, which excludes individual dwelling houses from its scope.

Standard NumberBS 9991:2011
TitleFire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings. Code of practice
StatusCurrent, Work in hand
Publication Date31 December 2011
Cross ReferencesBS 476, BS 799-5, BS 3251, BS 4514, BS 5234, BS 5255, BS 5266-1, BS 5306-0, BS 5306-3, BS 5306-8, BS 5395-1, BS 5410-1, BS 5410-2, BS 5852, BS 5839-1, BS 5839-6, BS 5867-2, BS 5906, BS 6180, BS 6262-4, BS 6263-2, BS 6400, BS 6644, BS 6798, BS 7157:1989, BS 7176, BS 7273-4, BS 7346-3, BS 7346-7, BS 7671, BS 8214, BS 8313, BS 8414-1, BS 8414-2, BS 8519:2010, BS 9251, BS 9990:2006, BS 9999:2008, BS EN 3, BS EN 81, BS EN 1154, BS EN 1363, BS EN 1364, BS EN 1365, BS EN 1366, BS EN 1634-1, BS EN 1634-3, BS EN 12101, BS EN 12101-1, BS EN 12101-3, BS EN 12101-6, BS EN 12845, BS EN 13501, BS EN 13501-1, BS EN 13501-2, BS EN 13501-3, BS ISO 3864-1, DD 8458-1, DD 8489-1, BS 3632, BS 5516-2, BS 5839-3, BS 6891, BS 7273-4, BS 7346, BS 7974, BS 8300, BS 25999, BS 50518, BS EN 1155, BS EN 1991-1-2, BS EN 13823, BS EN ISO 1182, BS EN ISO 1716, BS EN ISO 11925-2:2002, BS EN ISO 14122-4, DD ENV 1187:2002, PAS 121, PD 7974-6, The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2011, Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, The Housing Act 2004, The Equality Act 2010, Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, Pip
ReplacesBS 5588-1:1990
Draft Superseded By11/30203947 DC
DescriptorsFire safety in buildings, Fire safety, Buildings, Design, Safety measures, Flats, Residential facilities, Domestic facilities, Structural design, Fire-escape routes, Fire spread prevention, Emergency exits, Firefighting equipment, Ventilation, Fire risks, Fire doors, Fire detectors, Fire alarms, Smoke, Smoke detectors, Fire resistance, Construction systems parts, Doors, Structural fire protection, Stairs, Exits, Housing, Building services, Lighting systems, Smoke control, Single-family dwellings
ISBN978 0 580 67919 3
File Size10.07 MB

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