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Fire test facilities

Extensive laboratory facilities for fire detection and suppression research and testing

BRE has extensive and unique world class facilities, including:
  • Resistance and reaction to fire test rigs, including ad-hoc testing
  • Modelling facilities including physical scale and numerical
  • Burn hall with environmental protection.

In addition, extensive laboratory facilities are available for fire detection and suppression research and testing. BRE also has a well established capability to develop experimental facilities to meet the specific requirements of research.

Our facilities are located in four laboratories at Garston near Watford and include:

  • BRE burn hall with smoke management used for determining heat release rates for input to fire safety engineering (FSE) design 
  • fire resistance furnace hall with smoke management
  • 10 MW (9mx9m hood) calorimeter with optional sprinkler protection
  • 2MW (3mx3m hood) calorimeter with option of ISO 9705 room corner test (reference test for the Euroclasses)
  • sprinkler performance and distribution test facility
  • LPS 1230 Fire suppression (halon replacement evaluation) performance facility
  • BS 8414 external cladding test facility
  • LPS 1181 sandwich panel performance test facility
  • BS 476 all parts relevant to the Building Regulations (reaction to fire and fire resistance)
  • all European fire tests relevant to the Building Regulations (reaction to fire and fire resistance)
  • all three of the fire test methods that constitute DD ENV 1187 for external fire performance of roofs
  • ad hoc space for fire recreations and ad hoc experiments
  • analytical chemistry facilities for sampling of chemical species
  • miscellaneous large-scale and intermediate-scale experimental rigs for studying linings, cable, other linear products etc
  • fire detection and fire suppression testing to European and International standards; includes heat and smoke detectors, alarm panels, gaseous extinguishing systems, sprinklers etc
  • CFD and risk based computational fire modelling suite.