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Fire safety in buildings is one of the basic requirements for construction products in the EU Construction Products Regulation, CPR.
Fire safety in buildings primarily concerns personal safety, but also includes the protection of material values.
Consequently, the main design requirement from a personal safety perspective is that buildings are constructed and configured to ensure that people can get to safety and the emergency services have the capacity to respond in the event of a fire.
The requirements for the fire rated materials used and the structures are determined by the building use, size, fire load and operation. Fire safety requirements in the national building regulations are often based on fire development (standard fire curve).
Note: This information is intended for builders and architects and is a guideline only. Please contact your planning officer and/or your fire officer before proceeding with your project.