The technical guidance workstream of the Fire Sector Federation has released for open consultation a draft document on Fire Safety and Sustainability in Building Design.

The document aims to encourage all those involved in the specification, planning, design and construction of fire safety in new buildings to think more widely than health and safety alone. Its intention is to help people to consider how to make a building sustainable in the face of fire and promote a low environmental impact. The document explains that the ability of a building to avoid disproportionate damage in the event of a fire should be taken into account when considering its sustainability and environmental impact. It recommends 12 best practice processes that should be followed to ensure sustainability against fire.

It is hoped that the recommendations contained within the document will form the basis of a
new fire safety rating within the BREEAM rating system for buildings.