The BSI published PAS 9980 in January 2022. This new code of practice was developed to assess the fire risk from external wall construction.
Part of the new PAS replaces the 2020 Consolidated Advice Notice (CAN) issued by the UK. After being widely criticised for its excessive treatment of safety risks in buildings, the CAN was withdrawn.
Building security should be approached with PAS 9980’s proportionate approach. As of the 31st of January, it was mandatory for fire engineers and other construction experts who carried out a fire risk assessment of exterior walls (FRAEW) to comply with this new regulation.
Guidance For Identifying Risks
PAS 9980’s risk-based approach is based on the Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Fire Safety Act 2021 introduced the FRAEW. It is intended to assist in assessing a building’s fire risk. It quantifies the fire risk from external wall construction and recommends preventive measures to meet the order’s requirements.
The PAS is a code for practice that addresses fire spreading over external walls of multistorey flats of all heights. It does not only address those above 18m. It draws upon the lessons from past fires that caused significant and unexpected fire spread.
PAS9980 offers a voluntary method for building owners to use when recording and conducting FRAEWs. This will allow you to identify the factors that affect the building’s overall risk rating and the possible improvements. The PAS helps to identify practical and proportionate ways to improve the safety of residents as well as decrease excessive remediation costs.
To Consider Mitigation Holistically
This text acknowledges that addressing problems is the most effective method to cut down on potential dangers. This is typically difficult, disruptive, and expensive to do. The PAS suggests that it is feasible to lessen the severity of deficits by investigating many additional possibilities.
Using the PAS 9980 standard, you will be able to determine the level of fire protection offered by external walls. Because of this, it is possible to conduct an assessment of the exterior fire spread risks connected with the usage of the building, the occupancy, and the fire safety precautions that have been taken. As a direct consequence of this, the building takes into account all that is important.
Risk-based approaches mean that any FRAEW will be subjective. This requires competent persons to use their professional judgement. Proper proportionality is crucial. Facade Consultants are there to help you.
A Strong Emphasis On The Competence Of Assessors
PAS 9980 provides additional commentary on the competence and competency of external wall assessors. It focuses on professional and ethical behaviour when clients might place significant financial, legal, or commercial pressure to do otherwise.
PAS requires that assessors be impartial and fair. They must also be able to interpret the information and give an opinion about the fire risk they pose by going beyond just determining the materials, components, and systems used in external walls. Take help from FR Consulting.
Those who are in charge of commissioning FRAEWs are the ones who are responsible for ensuring that the assessors have the necessary skills to carry out the required level of assessment. The PAS gives essential information regarding the skills possessed by exterior wall assessors for a variety of levels and tasks.
It is not appropriate to see as a replacement the HTML1 form a report that has been created in accordance with the PAS. This is being done solely for the purposes of valuation. It is possible to employ it in order to provide assistance for the selection of a particular shape.
The UK government expects that construction professionals will follow the code in all FRAEWs and produce a report indicating the PAS method was used.