Fire

Research on fire issues, commissioned by Building Standards Division.

Project Details

Research Project to Inform the Decision-making Process for Fire Suppression Systems in Schools
Contractor: Optimal Economics
Status: Complete
Project Year: 2012/13

This project developed evidence based criteria to better inform the decision-making process for fire suppression systems in schools.

Final Report

Boundary calculations: Collaborative working with CLG
Contractor: CLG leading project
Status: Complete
Project Year: 2010/11

This project contributed to the Boundary calculations work in relation to fire safety carried out in England and Wales. The project ensured Scottish guidance was relevant, applicable and safe.

Development of a fire strategy for Tall Buildings: Collaborative working
Contractor: Edinburgh University
Status: Ongoing
Project Year: 2010/11

Development of a fire strategy for tall buildings. This project will allow Building Standards Division input to the project and ensure Scottish interests are represented.

This is a 3 year project.

Cost benefit analysis of additional residential heat and smoke alarms in Scotland
Contractor: BRE Global
Status: Completed
Project Year: 2009/10

This project provided an updated position with regard to the provision of smoke/heat alarms in all new dwellings in Scotland.

Final Report

Cost Benefit study of Automatic Fire Suppression in new Healthcare Buildings
Contractor: Optimal Economics Ltd
Status: Completed
Project Year: 2009/10

The purpose of this study was to provide analysis to support the review of fire Standards. The review considered the introduction of a Standard to require life safety automatic fire suppression systems to be installed in new hospital buildings in order to ensure that areas identified as high fire risk are adequately protected to avoid the waste of resources caused by fire in hospitals and the concomitant disruption.

The review considered whether the costs of installing extensive fire suppression would be greater or less than the costs of the fires which would be prevented - or reduced in scope - by these systems. Costs include not only damage to property but also deaths and injuries as well as disruption caused by fire.

Final Report

Cost Benefit Analysis on Residential Sprinklers in Scottish Dwellings
Contractor: Building Research Establishment, Global
Status: Completed
Project Year: 2008/09

This project consisted of two areas of work:

a) cost benefit analysis for the installation of a new combined sprinkler system in all new build houses in Scotland based on the guidance published in New Zealand NZS 4517:2002 'Fire sprinkler systems for houses';and

b) update the cost benefit analysis published by BRE (Project 204505) for flats and maisonettes where the top most storey height is not more than 18m above ground level.

This report is being used to inform policy.

Fire Safety of cladding to low rise timber frame constructions: timber cladding
Contractor: Building Research Establishment, Scotland
Status: Completed
Project Year: 2007/08

This project was funded by the Forestry Commission which tested construction details with a view to identifying robust details for timber cladding applied to timber frame construction, with respect to both spread of flame and ventilation for durability. Building Standards Division provided technical advice.

Research report: 'The fire performance of timber facades'

Further research into fire and timber frame dwellings has been conducted by BRE for the Forestry Commission Scotland to investigate the performance in fire of timber frame dwellings with a timber facade. This report reviews Standard 2.6 of the Building Standards Technical Handbooks that relates to the spacing between buildings.

The report was published in June 2009: Final report

Automatic Fire Detection and Suppression Systems in New School Buildings
Contractor: Tribal Consulting
Status: Completed
Project Year: 2006/07

This project was commissioned to undertake a cost benefit analysis of the introduction of automatic fire detection and/or suppression systems in new school buildings. Concerns about fire have traditionally centred on life protection rather than asset protection, but fires in schools result in significant costs in terms of the damage and disruption they cause. This includes school records and work being irreparably damaged and classrooms and community facilities being unusable for long periods of time.

Final Report

Comparison of BS 7974 and the International Fire Engineering Guidelines
Contractor: ARUP
Status: Completed
Project Year: 2006/07

This report was commissioned to compare BS 7974: 2001 'Application of Fire Safety Engineering principles to the Design of Buildings' with the 'International Fire Engineering Guidelines' and to assess whether both documents should be cited in the Technical Handbooks.

Final report

International Review of Fire Safety Guidance for Tall Buildings
Contractor: SBS
Status: Completed
Project Year: 2006/07

This project produced a comparative study of fire safety measures in tall buildings between the member countries of the Inter-Jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee (IRCC).

Final report

Timber Cladding for Small Buildings: Robust Details
Contractor: Building Research Establishment, Scotland
Status: Completed
Project Year: 2006/07

Workshop to discuss recent scoping study on fire safety and durability of timber cladding for small buildings and to discuss with Industry representatives and interested parties potential for future research programme.

Fire Safety and Sustainable Development: External Timber Wall Cladding - Scoping Study
Contractor: Building Research Establishment
Status: Completed
Project Year: 2005/06

This project was commissioned as a scoping study to inform the review of the guidance to Section 2 Fire of the Technical Handbooks with respect to the use of timber cladding.

Final report

Experimental research for Scottish Building Standards Agency following the fire at Rosepark Care Home, Glasgow, 31 January 2004
Contractor: Building Research Establishment - Fire Safety Framework
Status: Completed
Project Year: 2004/05

The evidence gathered from this experimental research is intended to inform policy in relation to fire regulations in care homes (existing premises) and to assist preparation of guidance provided in the Scottish Building Standards.

Final report

A further two research projects were commissioned by the Scottish Building Standards Agency (SBSA) to BRE under the Fire Safety Framework.

A review of general fire safety guidance in Care Homes

The report describes a review of the guidance on the management of care homes

Final Report

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Residential Sprinklers in Scottish Care Homes for the Elderly

This report deals with a re-evaluation of the cost-benefit analysis, to look at sprinklers in all types of residential property types. The analysis presented here is specific to Scottish care homes for the elderly, and considers sprinklers both as an additional and as a compensatory measure.

Final Report