Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems
Residential Fire Sprinklers
Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems are installed in (HMO's) Houses of Multiple Occupancy, Apartment Blocks, Care and Nursing Homes, Student Accommodation.
Residential occupancies for multiple occupation not exceeding 20m in height include apartments, residential homes, houses of multiple occupancy (HMO’s), blocks of flats, boarding houses, aged persons homes, nursing homes, residential rehabilitation accommodation and dormitories.
The new regulations state that dwellings with more than 1 floor 4.5 meters above ground level can have a full sprinkler system as an alternative means of escape (Building Regulations Part B 2.7b). This avoids the requirement for a second separate staircase
Sprinklers can be fitted to parts of a property, rather than all of the property as a compensatory measure (Building Regulations Part B 0.17)
Escape level distances can be doubled where a full sprinkler system is installed
(Building Regulations Part B table 12 doubles compartmentation and escape distances)
Sprinklers in Flats
Sprinklers need only be provided within the individual Flats, they are not required in the common areas such as stairs, corridors or landings.