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Introduction

This guidance deals with fires in buildings under construction or demolition, including those undergoing building work. Depending on the nature and scale of the operational incident, a variety of significant hazards may be encountered. Where appropriate, refer to other sections of National Operational Guidance.

This guidance is directly supported by National Operational Guidance: Fires in the built environment, which focuses on how the design and construction materials of buildings, along with their facilities and systems, can have an impact on, or assist with, fire and rescue service operations.

It is also underpinned by comprehensive information from the Building Research Establishment (BRE), making it easier for the user to find their way through this guidance without an overload of technical information. The BRE knowledge sheets, originally developed to support the National Operational Guidance: Fires in buildings, have been enhanced to include additional information on:

  • Construction and demolition sites
  • Scaffolding
  • Incomplete buildings and structures
  • Temporary accommodation units
  • Legislation relevant to construction, demolition or building work

The BRE knowledge sheets are supplemented with fire and rescue service considerations. This guidance provides references to the technical information contained in them.