All new and converted residential dwellings in Wales must be fitted with an approved automatic fire suppression system, under new laws coming into effect soon. But what does this mean for you?
The Welsh Government implemented the Domestic Fire Safety Regulations 2013 with a two phase approach. The first stage required the installation of fire sprinklers. It came into effect in Wales in April 2014 and applied to care homes, halls of residence, children’s homes and some hostels.
The second stage of this legislation is due to come into effect on 1 January 2016, when ALL new and converted residential dwellings must be fitted with an approved automatic fire suppression system.
There are Transitional Provisions in place which help those with schemes or projects which are still in the planning phase, and have not yet reached construction phase.
Installing an automatic fire suppression system can actually be an advantage if you are considering certain design features such as open plan and off-book designs, and can act as a compensatory feature.
We can advise you on how installing automatic sprinklers can be beneficial to your project, and how they must be installed to meet legislative requirements.
If you are unsure about how this legislation will affect your project, feel free to give us a call for more information, or you can visit the Welsh Government website.