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Sprinkler system for building extension

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Guest Theresa

The Building Inspector has suggested that we may need a Sprinkler system in our house. It is a terraced house and we are building a rear extension and mansard. Could you please direct me to any legislation where I can see whether we have to install a system, or perhaps there are simple guidelines to residential houses which say when you should have one and when you don't need to - ie, perhaps number of bedrooms etc.
Thanks so much for your help.

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You need to find out why the Building Control Officer is recommending sprinklers, is it because fire service access is poor or is it as a compensatory factor for a poor means of escape or is there any other reasons?

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I know that from September 2013 all new builds and converted properties in WALES must have domestic fire sprinklers installed, but I for one can not find a law / regulation that says YOU MUST have sprinklers installed in a domestic premises. Smoke alarms yes.

One other thing.


Above is a commercial fire sprinkler


Above is a domestic fire sprinkler (You only see the flat white disc when installed)

As you are not sure, I would suggest you ask the building inspector what his reasoning is.

(I see while I was writing, Tom posted)

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