Fire protection certificate according to building regulations

The Industrial Construction Directive regulates the minimum requirements for the fire protection of industrial buildings.

If the requirements of the Industrial Construction Directive are met, it can be assumed that the protection goals of the building regulations will be achieved.

Fire protection plan

Basis for the further consideration is
  • a usage analysis,
  • the protection goal definition and
  • the fire hazard determination.

Based on the analysis of fires in industrial buildings, general requirements have been formulated that must always be met. The requirements relate in particular to the need for extinguishing water, the location and accessibility of the building, escape routes, smoke extraction and extinguishing systems. The resulting measures then comprise the following areas:
1. Structural fire protection
2. Plant technical fire protection
3. Organizational fire protection
4. Defensive fire protection
5. Technical Documentation
6. Repeated examinations

Based on the building’s safety category, the Industrial Construction Directive defines supplementary requirements from one of three detection methods in addition to the basic requirements:

Simple procedure

In this simplified procedure, the maximum permissible size of the fire compartment surface is determined depending on the fire resistance class of the load-bearing and stiffening components, the floor plan and the safety category. The existing fire load is not considered.

Fire load process

In this method, the equivalent fire duration is determined according to DIN 18230. For this purpose, the existing fire load is determined. The permissible size of the fire compartment area is then defined in tabular or formulaic terms, taking into account the fire protection infrastructure.

Engineering procedures

Typical issues for the use of engineering methods are the usability of escape routes, sufficient stability of components or compliance with a low-smoke layer. The verification procedure is to be determined depending on the size and use of the project. Engineering methods are used in particular for the clarification of complex issues outside the regulatory procedure