Fire Safety Building Regulations Northern Ireland
The relevant Regulation is Part E of the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland).
This is supported by Technical Booklet E Fire Safety, compliance with which, like Approved Document B for England and Wales, is taken to demonstrate that the requirements of the Regulation have been satisfied.
Like Approved Document B, Technical Booklet E covers the five basic provisions:
● Means of escape
● Internal fire spread – linings
● Internal fire spread – structure
● External fire spread
● Facilities and access for the Fire Brigade
In respect of glazing, the requirements of Approved Document B and Technical Booklet E are essentially the same.
The main variance is that a more detailed methodology for determining the limits to the areas of unprotected glazing is given in Technical Booklet E, a methodology which is similar to that appearing in Part D (D6.3) of the Scottish Technical Standards.
The Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) is responsible for the development and the implementation of policy and legislation relating to the Building Regulations for Northern Ireland.
Under Article 3 of the Building Regulations (NI) Order 1979, the Department is empowered to:”make regulations to be known as “building regulations” –
for all or any of the matters set out in Schedule 1 [of the Order]; and for such other matters relating to buildings as appear to the Department after consultation with the Advisory Committee to be relevant to the purposes of this Order.”
The advisory committee is the Northern Ireland Building Regulations Advisory Committee.
Fire Safety Building Regulations Republic of Ireland
The Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government is responsible for the development and the implementation of policy and legislation relating to the Building Regulations for the Republic of Ireland.
E – Fire safety