BS 9991: Residential Buildings

Target audience

Design Engineers, Building Managers, Fire Safety Professionals, Building Control Officers, Fire Safety Officers and Fire Risk Assessors.


To provide delegates with an understanding of BS 9991, a risk-based approach to the fire safety design and management of residential buildings.

Core topic areas

The course includes the following topic areas:

  • Means of escape and provision for rescue from houses
  • Fire alarms in flats and maisonettes and BS 5839-6 proposed changes
  • Internal planning and MoE from flats and maisonettes
  • Smoke control systems to protect MoE and fire-fighting access in flats
  • BRE Project Report 79204: Smoke Shafts
  • Sprinklers in houses, flats and maisonettes and variations from guidance
  • Construction FR and variations of guidance using sprinklers & ventilation
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
  • Compartmentation, linings and concealed spaces
  • Access and facilities for fire-fighters and permitted variations for sprinklers
  • Atria in residential buildings
  • Fire safety design for sheltered, extra care and other specialist housing
  • Roof gardens and balconies
  • Management of flats, maisonettes and other housing


Assessment is conducted upon all coursework to National Occupational Standards.

Qualifications and NOS

This course includes the assessment criteria for FS2.3, FS3.2, FS7.3 and FS7.4 of Level 4 qualifications Certificate and Diploma in Fire Safety.

BS 9991

Dates and prices

Duration3 days
2018Mon 5th Nov → Wed 7th Nov
2019Mon 3rd Jun → Wed 5th Jun
Mon 25th Nov → Wed 27th Nov
Delegate cost£480 + VAT
LocationYarnfield, Stone, Staffordshire

Costs and details

Prior learning

Delegates should have a working knowledge of Approved Document B Volume II or equivalent.

Pre-course module

Course includes pre-course distance learning modules on principles: fire Safety legislation, automatic fire alarm systems and emergency escape lighting.

British Standard

As part of the course package delegate can be provided with a copy of BS 9991:2015 for use on the course.


The sessions will be delivered using PowerPoint presentations, flipchart explanation, group discussion, individual tuition and plan based exercises to reinforce outcomes.

Post course

Delegates must complete workbooks within four weeks of course completion.