In our latest whitepaper, we examine possible fire risks arising from flat roofs being used as multifunctional spaces. Download ‘Flat roofs: The functional fifth façade’ to understand:

  • Current Building Regulations coverage and wider guidance for flat roofs
  • Implications for flat roofs with practical and social uses
  • Risks associated with solar panels and how to mitigate their impact
  • How to simplify flat roof specification

A complex legislative landscape

Approved Documents, like Approved Document B (ABD) for fire safety, provide routes to compliance with building regulations for common constructions – but they are not a guarantee of compliance, and do not cover all flat roof circumstances and scenarios.

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Practical implications

Flat roofs commonly house equipment that supports the functioning of a building, which should be considered as part of a fire risk assessment. Learn about considerations for both above and below the roof, specifically, whether penetrations associated with building services and cabling through the roof may act as a route for fire to bypass compartmentation zones and impact on periods of fire resistance. 

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Flat roofs and solar solutions 

The market for solar energy is growing rapidly in the UK and Europe. However, solar panels are not subject to any specific guidance despite evidence that they may increase fire risk. How can designers and specifiers go above and beyond legislative requirements?

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Download your copy

Download your copy of the whitepaper now: ‘Flat Roofs: The Functional Fifth Façade’.

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CPD: Flat Roofs: The Functional Fifth Facade

Technical Bulletin: Fire Classification of Bonded Insulation Materials

Technical Bulletin: Fire Classification of Bonded Insulation Materials

This new ROCKWOOL Technical Bulletin is designed to support specifiers and contractors with compliance for bonded construction materials and composite products, especially those applied to construction elements attached to the façade such as upstands, balconies and terraces.

These elements fall within the ban on combustible materials in the external walls of relevant buildings over 18m*. The technical bulletin covers and clarifies:

  • Application-specific details of the 2018 ban on combustible materials
  • Euroclass reaction-to-fire classifications
  • Euroclass implications for bonded insulation materials and composite products

* In England, Approved Document B provides new guidance on residential buildings over 11m. Separate rules apply for buildings in Scotland over 11m.

Download the technical bulletin