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The BS 9999 handbook. Effective fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings

Status : Current   Published : May 2010



The BS 9999 Handbook. Effective Fire Safety in the Design, Management and Use of Buildings

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Michael Green and Jonathan Joinson

Getting to grips with BS 9999, the key standard for fire safety in buildings.

BS 9999 Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings is the essential code of practice that gives the recommendations and guidance on the design, management and use of buildings to achieve acceptable levels of fire safety for all people in and around buildings.

This new guide delivers the tools needed to use the standard effectively, plus sets out a methodology for successfully deploying its flexible design recommendations.

Bringing together the key information on BS 9999, including learning points and background information, this easy-to-use and practical handbook can help you quickly and effectively prepare or evaluate designs to the requirements of the Building Regulations.

Read it to get recommendations on how to achieve acceptable levels of fire safety for all people in and around buildings, including escape for disabled people.

Each chapter starts with key learning points to summarize what you need to know. Tools such as the Decision Chart on Designing for Means of Escape, and the Key Factors for Assessing Management Levels will make planning easier.

The book also includes the most commonly used data, tables and figures, as well as recommendations for shopping complexes, theatres, cinemas and similar public venues as well as process plant and outdoor venues.

The book on BS 9999 will give you insights into fire safety guidance for the following:

  • Risk profiles including occupancy characteristics
  • Management levels
  • Additional fire protection measures
  • Travel distances, door and stair widths
  • Escape for disabled people
  • Considerations for fire fighting
  • Building structure
  • Theatres and cinemas
  • Shopping complexes
  • Plant buildings and outdoor structures.

Worked examples take you step-by-step through the considerations for a two storey retail unit, a high-rise office building, and a mixed-risk profile building.

The BS 9999 Handbook will be relevant to:

  • Designers
  • Fire engineers
  • Fire and Rescue Services
  • Fire safety managers
  • Regulators
  • Insurers
  • Contractors.

Bringing together key information on BS 9999, including in depth worked examples, this handbook can be used when preparing or evaluating a design to the requirements of the Building Regulations.

About the authors

Michael Green
Michael Green is a chartered engineer, a partner of Buro Happold, and responsible for the early development of their fire safety engineering consultancy team, FEDRA, with an involvement on fire safety since 1979.

In addition to major international sports, cultural, transportation and commercial projects he has made many contributions to the fire safety profession. This includes development of an approach to the appraisal of existing sports grounds, published by the Institute of Structural Engineers (IStructE) in 1991 following the tragic fire at Bradford City Football Club's North Stand.

The author has chaired the production of other guides on fire safety, as well as working with the Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) on smoke and ventilation for Guide E. An early involvement with the development of BS 9999 from 1998, when work first began on this standard, has enabled an ongoing contribution to the BSI committee.

Jonathan Joinson
Jonathan Joinson is a chartered fire engineer, a senior team member within Buro Happold FEDRA, and has been involved in the fire safety design of buildings since 1999.

He has been involved in many high profile projects within the UK and internationally during his professional career, such as Arsenal Football Club's Emirates StadiumLondon's O2 Arena and the redevelopment of theAscot racecourse grandstand, delivering efficient and progressive fire engineering solutions.

The author is an expert in many aspects of fire engineering, including international fire codes and best practice, smoke management, occupant evacuation and the implementation and construction of design solutions.

Standard NumberBIP 2173
TitleThe BS 9999 handbook. Effective fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings
Publication Date21 May 2010
DescriptorsFire safety in buildings, Fire safety, Risk assessment, Management, Buildings by fire risk categories, Means of escape from fire in buildings, Crowd safety, Fire-escape routes, Emergency exits, Emergency lighting, Circulation and space systems (buildings, Structural fire protection, Fire spread prevention, Fire-resistant materials, Fire doors, Hazard prevention in buildings, Firefighting, Fire alarms, Lifts, Atria (buildings), Assembly facilities, Seating, Buildings open to the public, Shops (buildings), Shopping centres, Disabled people
ISBN978 0 580 67508 9
File Size3.195 MB

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