British Standards For Fire Safety In Construction

British Standard 478 Fire Tests

When designing a building a very important consideration is how it will behave in fire and ensure the elements of structure will not collapse but remain standing or hold back the fire for a prescribed time. The building regulations stipulates the rules and the degree of fire resistance of the elements of structure. However the British standard 476 dictates the appropriate fire tests for these elements of structure/materials and grades the level of fire resistance. The following is a list of the current standards.

Note: if your premises are not in accordance with the British Standard it should be picked up in the fire risk assessment

BS 476-3:2004. Fire tests on building materials and structures. Classification and method of test for external fire exposure to roofs
BS 476-4:1970. Fire tests on building materials and structures. Non-combustibility test for materials
BS 476-6:1989+A1:2009. Fire tests on building materials and structures. Method of test for fire propagation for products
BS 476-7:1997. Fire tests on building materials and structures. Method of test to determine the classification of the surface spread of flame of products
BS 476-10:2009. Fire tests on building materials and structures. Guide to the principles, selection, role and application of fire testing and their outputs
BS 476-11:1982. Fire tests on building materials and structures. Method for assessing the heat emission from building materials
BS 476-12:1991. Fire tests on building materials and structures. Method of test for ignitability of products by direct flame impingement
BS 476-13:1987, ISO 5657:1986. Fire tests on building materials and structures. Method of measuring the ignitability of products subjected to thermal irradiance
BS 476-15:1993, ISO 5660-1:1993. Fire tests on building materials and structures. Method for measuring the rate of heat release of products
BS 476-20:1987. Fire tests on building materials and structures. Method for determination of the fire resistance of elements of construction (general principles)
BS 476-21:1987. Fire tests on building materials and structures. Methods for determination of the fire resistance of load bearing elements of construction
BS 476-22:1987. Fire tests on building materials and structures. Methods for determination of the fire resistance of non-load bearing elements of construction
BS 476-23:1987. Fire tests on building materials and structures. Methods for determination of the contribution of components to the fire resistance of a structure
BS 476-24:1987, ISO 6944:1985. Fire tests on building materials and structures. Method for determination of the fire resistance of ventilation ducts
BS 476-31.1:1983. Fire tests on building materials and structures. Methods for measuring smoke penetration through doorsets and shutter assemblies. Method of measurement under ambient temperature conditions
BS 476-32:1989. Fire tests on building materials and structures. Guide to full scale fire tests within buildings
BS 476-33:1993, ISO 9705 Fire tests on building materials and structures. Full-scale room test for surface products
Check out your local reference library or purchase copies from BSI Online insert the BS number to see what standards are available and their titles. These links may not be inclusive but do indicate some of the standards that are available.

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