Why does LPS 1014 Matter?
The smoke control industry is undergoing a huge increase in the stringent regulations which firms and products must abide by. This is largely a result of ‘The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety” led by Dame Judith Hackitt following the tragedy of Grenfell Tower.
The report’s primary focus was to provide recommendations which will ensure stringent regulatory systems to prevent another tragedy from occurring.
Dame Hackitt has been on record stating that firm competence and accreditation will be a major factor in ensuring maximum building safety and system proficiency.
The LPS 1014 certification is one such certificate demonstrating a firm’s excellence and ability to comply with leading regulations and standards.
Before answering how it matters, it is important to ask:
- What are the differences between fire alarm and detection standards for operating a smoke control system and a system that is required to perform more than just this sole function?
- What does this mean in terms of system function and the certification of the residential building?
The industry recommendations are precise in terms of what type of system should be used and how it should be operated. The below is an extract from the BS7346-8 which states the minimum design standards of a fire alarm and detection system.
With the vast majority of buildings requiring a form of detection system to ancillary parts of the building, it is clear from the standards above that a compliant BS 5839 – 1 system is required – this is also what we predominantly see in many specifications. Consequently, certification to LPS 1014 is critical for the system to achieve overall compliance.
To elaborate, if the system’s sole function is to operate a smoke control system, it does not need to be BS 5839 – 1 compliant. If the system is required to do more than just operate the smoke control system and provide external monitoring and detection to ancillary areas a BS5839 – 1 compliant system is required.
Automated Smoke Ventilation Systems are actuated by an Automatic Fire Detection System specified to BS 5839 – 1 standard
Commonly, an approved separate Fire Detection and Alarm System is provided to cover general areas incorporating:
- Automatic Fire Detection
- Alarm Sounders (Car Park)
- Manual Call points
The certification to LPS 1014 allows companies to offer their clients the opportunity to negate the requirements to have two separate systems for Fire Alarms and Smoke Ventilation Systems, incorporating them both into a single panel. FDS’s solution to this is the FDS FireSmart Control Panel.
Why is it important?
LPS 1014 is a certification by which the LPCB assesses the ability of a company to design, install, commission and service fire detection and alarm systems to the codes of practice that are specified (eg BS5839 part 1). The primary importance is the authority it brings to firms signifying their ability to meet standards created by leading regulatory bodies. Associations such as:
- Associations of British Insurers
- Associations of British Engineers
- Chief Fire Officers Associations
- European Fire Sprinkler Network
- Risk Engineering Data Exchange Group
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Participated in the creation of the standards amongst other leading bodies. These bodies demonstrate how stringent the regulations are and companies’ ability to meet them demonstrates their capability for meeting client’s smoke control needs.
Contact FDS for a quote on how our experience and expertise can provide you with leading solutions which meet stringent requirements and regulations.