Fire safety standards for wall linings in office pods are essential to protect occupants and prevent the spread of fire. Peter Long, Divisional Fire and Certification Director at Optima Products discusses the significance of incorporating Approved Document B (ADB) into the design and construction of these pods.

In the design and construction of office pods, fire safety is of utmost importance. One essential component that architects, designers, and contractors need to consider is Approved Document B (ADB). ADB is an integral part of the Building Regulations in the United Kingdom and provides guidance on fire safety standards for various aspects of building design and construction.

The Role of ADB in ensuring fire resistance in wall linings
Wall linings, which refer to the materials used to cover the interior surfaces of walls, can significantly impact the spread of fire, heat, and smoke within a building.
ADB sets out specific requirements and recommendations for wall lining materials to minimise the risk of fire and enhance overall fire safety.

ADB provides guidance on the fire performance of wall linings, including their reaction to fire, resistance to fire, and the classification of their surface spread of flame. It specifies the fire rating required for different areas of a building and the types of wall linings that can be used in each area. Adhering to ADB’s guidelines ensures that the materials used in building interiors meet necessary fire safety standards, protecting occupants and allowing for safe evacuation.

Continue reading to understand the reaction to fire of surface finishes, limitations of current testing methods and the importance of compliance
with ADB and testing standards.