Fire Extinguishers

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 1st September 2020.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether (a) new homes constructed as part of an upward extension on an existing block which takes it over 11m in height and (b) pre-existing homes in that block will be required to have a sprinkler system fitted from 1 August 2020.

Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph 7.9 of Approved Document B of the Building Regulations 2010 (2019 edition), whether a rooftop extension and the building the extension is constructed on, are considered to be separate parts for the purposes of a fire risk assessment of the building and therefore for the requirement for a sprinkler system.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

For the purposes of Approved Document B, 'separated part' is defined in Appendix D, Diagram D5 of that document. This provides that a separated part should be separated from another part of the same building by a compartment wall, to the full height of the part, in one vertical plane. This is unlikely to apply to a rooftop extension.

It is the responsibility of those undertaking the building work to demonstrate the regulations are met, and each building project should be considered individually. We have published advice on this subject in a circular letter which can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/887227/Approved_Document_B_May_2020_amendment_-_Circular_letter_2020.pdf .

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