GUIDELINE

Access and Facilities for the Fire Service

Part D Materials and Workmanship

Part F Ventilation

Acceptable Construction Details

Acceptable Construction Details Introduction Thermal Bridging and Airtightness

Insulation in Cavity

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Irish Water Requirements for Dwellings

Typical Inspection Reports

No 2. Inspection Foundations Radon Sump Barrier and Blinding No 26 Inspection of Windows on Rainwater System No 11. Inspection of Block work, Brickwork and feature stone band No 2. Inspection Foundations Radon Sump Barrier and Blinding No 12. Inspection of Block work, gable and party walls. No 28. Inspection of timber stairs installation No 3. Inspection Radon Barrier Blinding and Insulation No 22 Inspection Steel Beams and Intumescent paint No 4. Inspection of Radon Barrier and DPC No 25 Inspection of Windows on Front Elevations, DPM and Control Joint No 5. Inspection Radon Barrier Rising Walls Block and Brickwork No 17. Inspection of Stud wall construction No 8. Inspection of Blockwork and elements No 14 Inspection of Structural Beams No 23 Inspection of windows and doors being installed No 21 Inspection of Electrical first fix No 19. Inspection of Roof Construction and breathable membrane No 27 Inspection of Windows on Velux Rooflights No 10. Inspection of Joisting , bridging, Block work, Brickwork and Lintel supports No 16. Inspection of Stud wall construction. No 7. Inspection of Rising walls, Damp proof Course and Blockwork. No 18. Inspection of Roof Construction. No 7. Inspection of Chasing Block work, Brickwork and feature stone band No 6. Inspection Rising Walls Block and Brickwork No 8. Inspection of Radon Barrier and Damp proof Course. No 30 Inspection of timber stairs handrail installation No 15. Inspection of Stud wall and floor joist construction No 29. Inspection of timber stairs and handrail during construction stages No 3. Inspection Radon Barrier Blinding and Insulation No 31. Inspection of Timber stairs handrail. No 32. Inspection of Roof Access Hatch No 24 Inspection of Windows on Front and Rear Elevations No 20. Inspection of chasing in block party walls for electrical first fix No 13. Inspection Brickwork and Firestopping No 9. Inspection of Brick and Block work from 1st to 2nd floor

Access and Facilities for the Fire Service

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B10 A dwelling house shall be so designed and constructed that there is adequate provision for access for fire appliances and such other facilities as may be reasonably required to assist the fire service in the protection of life and property.

5.1 Access and facilities for the fire service

5.1.1 General

The purpose of the requirement of Regulation B10 is to ensure satisfactory access for fire appliances to buildings and facilities in buildings to assist fire fighters in the protection of life and property.

5.2 Performance

The requirement of B10 may be met:

(a) if there is sufficient means of external access to enable fire appliances to be brought near to the building for effective use;

(b) if there is sufficient means of access into, and within, the building for firefighting personnel to effect rescue and fight fire;

all to an extent dependent on the use and size of the building.

5.3 Introduction to Provisions

5.3.1 Scope

While the fire safety objectives of Part B relate principally to the protection of life from fire (see 0.1.1), Section 5 relates to measures intended to assist the fire services in the protection of life and property from fire.

Fire authorities have functions under the Fire Services Acts, 1981 and 2003 to provide fire brigades for the extinguishment of fires and for the protection and rescue of persons and property from injury by fire. Regulation B10 provides for the provision of access and other facilities to assist the fire service in the protection of life and property from fire.

The guidance in this Section relates to the provision of facilities for the fire service within and around buildings for the purpose of protecting life and mitigating property damage due to fire.

For dwelling houses, it is usually only necessary to ensure that the building is sufficiently close to a point accessible to fire and rescue service vehicles. For very large dwelling houses additional measures may be necessary. The guidance given in Part B Volume 1 (Buildings other than dwelling houses) may be applicable.

Vehicle access routes and hard-standings should meet the criteria described in 5.4.4 if they are to be used by fire service vehicles.

5.4 Vehicle Access

5.4.1 Introduction

Fire brigade vehicle access to the exterior of a dwelling house is required to enable pumping appliances to supply water and equipment for firefighting.

Access for fire appliances should be provided in accordance with the provisions outlined in 5.4.2 below.

5.4.2 Provision of Vehicle Access

For effective firefighting operations, fire brigade appliances should be able to get within 45 m of the principal entrance to the dwelling house.

5.4.3 Existing Dwelling House

In the case of a material alteration or extension of an existing dwelling house, the requirements of B10 of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations may be met if the access and facilities for the fire service are not altered in such a way as to reduce the extent or performance of those that existed before the material alteration or extension.

In the case of a material change of use of a building to a dwelling house, it will be necessary to assess the access and facilities for the fire services in accordance with the guidance of the relevant sub-section to this Section.

It may also be prudent to seek advice from the relevant fire authority in relation to such matters

5.4.4 Design of Access Routes and Hardstandings

A vehicle access route may be a public or private road, or other route, which, including any manhole or other covers, meets the standards in Table 5.1 and the following paragraph.

Where access roadways are provided within the site of a dwelling house , turning facilities for appliances, in accordance with the requirements of Table 5.1 should be provided in any dead-end access route that is more than 20 m long.

Table HB8 - Vehicle access route specifications - Extract from TGD B Vol. 2
Table HB8 - Vehicle access route specifications - Extract from TGD B Vol. 2

5.4.5 Requirements for switches

5.4.5.1 Photovoltaic Panels.

Where Photovoltaic (P.V.) panels are provided on buildings, provision should be made for the isolation of the panel array externally and in accordance with ET101, 2008.

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