Fire safety in loft conversions

Apart from adequate stairs and openable windows, what other fire safety features does a loft conversion need to meet building regs? Are there any extra features that aren't legally required but are good to have?

Asked by Cheryl on 22nd Jan 2023
Expert Trade Answers
"Exit windows are not a requirement of loft conversions, but a 'protected stairwell' is. In practice, this means that all habitable rooms (bedrooms,. lounge, kitchen), must have an FD30 door fitted. interlinked smoke alarms on each floor is also a requirement."
Answered on 22nd Jan 2023 - Member since Oct 2022 - report
"You will also need fire doors throughout the house along the fire escape route from the loft. Other than that you should be okay"
Answered on 22nd Jan 2023 - Member since Oct 2018 - report
"All the doors has to be fire doors and fire alarm 🙏🙏"
Answered on 4th Feb 2023 - Member since Oct 2022 - report
"You need to create a 30 minute fire escape route and wired smoke detectors , the 30 minute escape route should be exiting out of the first available door to the outside , stairs should be under boarded with 12.5 mm plasterboards same as wall in loft"
Answered on 11th Feb 2023 - Member since Oct 2022 - report
"All projects have to make sure they meet building regulations, whether this is a small or a large conversion. The reason why this is so important is that building regulations keep you and your family safe, and they cover a wide range of bases. This includes…

Whether or not the structural strength of the new floor is sufficient
The stability of your loft structure, including the roofing
Fire safety and escape routes
The safety design of your stairs and new floor
Reasonable sound insulation between the conversion and existing rooms
Plus much more!
Because of the level of detail involved, you’ll need several specialists to help meet these requirements, such as a structural engineer. Your project will then be assessed, either by your local building control or by a privately hired approved inspector.
Architects with technical specialities will be able to put together the highly detailed drawings this stage requires. Having the same practice who prepared your original planning drawings to manage this stage will help give consistency to your designs - though it's not a requirement.

Kind regards
Answered on 22nd Jan 2023 - Member since Mar 2019 - report
"You will need a minimum fd30 doors to all habitable rooms apart from bathroom"
Answered on 22nd Jan 2023 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
"A fire door at the bottom of the stairs is a good start , and make sure you have the right fire alarm, which is wired to the electricity board as well as batteries"
Answered on 1st Jul 2023 - Member since Jun 2023 - report
"You need fire doors, smoke alarms and fibreglass on top of chicken wire under the floor"
Answered on 22nd Jan 2023 - Member since Oct 2022 - report
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