Regulatory requirements

Date Published

16 August 2022

Document Type




Structural fire engineering has made rapid progress in recent years, as significant research has taken place to understand how the materials used in the building fabric behave in fire.

Most of this research has been in response to various adverse fire-related events both in the UK and in other parts of the world. As a result, the building industry today is amply supported by several British and European standards, compared to just a few decades ago.

Key Information

Current UK legislation is Building Regulations 2010 with Amendments published in 2013.

Building Regulations Part B is the result of guidance and knowledge that has evolved over many centuries.

UK Building Regulations refer to a number of British Standards that are associated with fire safety in buildings. These are currently being replaced by Harmonised European Standards.

Fire resistance of building products can be ascertained through performance tests under standard fire test conditions stipulated in Approved Document B.

Case studies

The design and layout of the new student accommodation for Somerville College was determined by its setting within the complex ancient lanes and boundaries of the University.

Niall McLaughlin Architects has designed a new cafe at the end of the pier, commissioned in an RIBA competition. It is a simple timberframed glazed pavilion which gives all-round views to the sea; the timber structure is a repetitive form which resembles the skeleton of a beached whale or the ribs of a ship.