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External Fire Spread

BRE Global has been awarded a contract by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to continue fire investigation activities on behalf of DCLG until 2018.  An important element of this contract is to ensure that findings from fire investigations are made available to the fire community, and other stakeholders.

The articles below addresses the intentions behind Part B4 Section 12 of Approved Document B – Volume 2 which is concerned with the construction of external walls of buildings. 

Part 1 of this article discusses previous and current guidance for external fire spread and also discusses several case studies of external fire spread since the introduction of the BS 8414 test series.

Following the conclusions of Part 1, it was agreed with DCLG to carry out a new experimental scoping study focusing on the issue of external fire spread.  The findings from this experimental study are provided in Part 2 of this article.


Download the articles below

Part 1  External fire spread - background research

Part 2  External fire spread - experimental research

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