Last reviewed 1 July 2021

BSI, in its role as the UK National Standards Body, is seeking comments from people in the construction, fire, housing, digital and safety industries with regard to a new code of practice for digital management of fire safety information.

BS 8644-1 Digital Management of Fire Safety Information. Design, Construction, Handover, Asset Management and Emergency Response. Code of Practice will make recommendations for the management, presentation and exchange of fire safety information using digital information management processes.

Details, including the opportunity to take part in the consultation, can be found on the BSI website and the deadline for responding is 22 August.

The standard is intended for use by individuals and organisations that contribute to and influence the definition of design, construction, use, maintenance and end of life of a built asset.

It is applicable primarily to new built assets, but its principles can also be applied to existing assets. Following the consultation, it is anticipated that the standard will be published towards the end of this year.

Scope of the standard

It covers the following stages in the lifecycle of assets in all parts of the built environment, including infrastructure:

  • briefing stage

  • design stage

  • construction stage (including on-site fire safety information)

  • asset handover

  • asset in operation

  • fire and rescue service intervention.