New British Standard BS 9990:2015

The following provides useful information regarding the British Standard for dry risers.

New Code of practice for Non automatic fire-fighting systems in buildings.

In January 2015 a new code of practice for non-automatic fire-fighting systems in buildings by the British standards institution called BS 9990:2015 was released.

The new British Standard supersedes BS 9990:2006, which is withdrawn.

BS9990:2015 gives recommendations for non-automatic fire-fighting systems in buildings. It covers good practice in matters affecting the design, installation, testing and maintenance of such systems including wet and dry fire-fighting mains.

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BS9990:2015 is a full revision of the standard with the principal changes being to update the recommendations for:

  • Flow tests and pressures
  • Rising and falling mains
  • Pumps
  • Maintenance
  • Shut-off pressures

It is important for the fire protection of a building to be considered as a whole. The provision of fire mains is an essential element of the fire protection systems in large and complex buildings due to the difficulties in providing water supplies at the point of use for fire-fighting and search and rescue. It is essential that these systems be carefully maintained to ensure instant readiness when required.

For more information or to purchase a full version of the new British Standard please visit the BSi Group website.