Design for fire safety in schools

The publication of Building Bulletin 100 (BB 100) is a landmark in improving fire safety in schools. It brings together guidance on how to make schools even safer places for children to be in, with guidance on how to protect the continuity of their education.

BB100 is a design guide which shows clearly how the requirements for life safety, contained in the Building Regulations, can be met in the design of a new school or extension. It also covers the principles of fire safety management and describes the fire protection measures that the designer should consider.

This guide is intended for all those with an interest in fire safety in schools, but in particular designers, fire engineers, building control officers (or equivalent) and fire safety officers. Head teachers, governors, teaching staff and facilities and maintenance staff will find it of interest to underpin their role as fire safety managers.

It is the intention of this guidance to address both the life safety needs and the property protection needs at the same time. This dual approach will allow designers to tailor their strategy to the location, use, and the risks identified.

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