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Designing for Fire Safety in Schools

Designing for Fire Safety in Schools

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5.2.2.1Walls

Parts of walls in rooms may be of a poorer
performance than specified in section 5.2.1.1
and table 7 (but not poorer than Class 3
(National class) or Class D-s3, d2 (European
class)), provided the total area of those parts in
any one room does not exceed one half of the
floor area of the room; and subject to a
maximum of 60m2

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Notice boards with a surface spread of flame are
permitted in classrooms, but these should not
extend more than 2.5m without having a break
between them of not less than 0.4m, and
should be located away from potential sources
of ignition. Notice boards should not be
provided in dead end corridors unless covered
by a suitable material (eg, glass or
polycarbonate), see section 3.1.6.

5.2.2.2Fire-protecting suspended ceilings

A suspended ceiling can contribute to the
overall fire resistance of a floor/ceiling assembly.
Such a ceiling should satisfy section 5.2.1.1 and
table 7. It should also meet the provisions of
appendix A, table A3.

5.2.2.3Fire-resisting ceilings

Cavity barriers are needed in some concealed
floor or roof spaces (see section 6.4); however,
this need can be reduced by the use of a fire-
resisting ceiling below the cavity. Such a ceiling
should comply with figure 32.

5.2.2.4Rooflights

Rooflights should meet the relevant
classification in section 5.2.1.1 and table 7.
However plastic rooflights with at least a Class 3
rating may be used where section 5.2.1.1 calls
for a higher standard, provided the limitations in
table 8 and table 17 are observed.

Note:No guidance is currently possible on the
performance requirements in the European fire
tests as there is no generally accepted test and
classification procedure.

5.2.2.5Special applications

Any flexible membrane covering a structure
(other than an air supported structure) should
comply with the recommendations given in
appendix A of BS 7157:1989.

Guidance on the use of PTFE-based materials
for tension-membrane roofs and structures is
given in a BRE report Fire safety of PTFE-based
materials used in buildings (BR 274, BRE 1994)
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