Last reviewed 28 May 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) have opened a consultation on a revised version of Building Bulletin 100 (BB100), non-statutory guidance on fire safety for schools.

BB100 covers the design of a school building so that pupils and staff will have early warning if a fire breaks out and can evacuate quickly and safely.

The revision is based on the feedback received from a technical review of the guide which was launched in 2019. The Government response document, published this month, can be found at GOV.UK.

As well as covering boarding accommodation for the first time, the revised version of BB100 contains updated and expanded advice on: compliance with Building Regulations Part B (Fire Safety); school-specific fire risks; property protection; and fire safety management.

It advises how to minimise the spread of fire and how to ensure the building structure is adequately resistant to fire. The revised guide also includes requirements for access and facilities for the Fire and Rescue Services.

Highlighting that the guide covers designing a school building so that pupils and staff will have early warning if a fire breaks out and can evacuate quickly and safely, the DfE said: “BB100 requires updating and simplifying, to see if additional fire safety measures should be included and whether there is content that is no longer needed.”

The consultation is available at consult.education.gov.uk.

The deadline for submitting comments to the DfE on the revised version of the Bulletin is 18 August 2021.