This consultation ended 16 June 2013.

Consultation period:
25 March 2013 to 16 June 2013
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Details of outcome

Welsh Government response and summary of responses
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Index of responses
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Responses part 1
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Responses part 2
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Responses part 3
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Original consultation

We want your views on proposed regulations to make sprinklers and fire suppression systems compulsory in new and converted homes.

Consultation description

In February 2011 the National Assembly for Wales passed the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011. This measure enables us to introduce regulations to make automatic fire suppression systems compulsory in all new and converted homes.

What is the problem?

The number of deaths and injuries from fires in the home is still too high. We want to reduce deaths and injuries from fire in new and converted residential premises in Wales.

What are we proposing?

We propose to make changes to Part B of the Building Regulations and to set out the required technical standards in a revision to Building Regulations Approved Document Part B Volumes 1 and 2.

This consultation contains proposals for:

  • commencing section 1 of the Measure requiring that each residence (to which the Measure applies) must be provided with an automatic fire suppression system and that the system is operating effectively
  • changes to the Building Regulations introducing a new regulation to meet the requirement of the measure
  • changes to volumes 1 and 2 of the Approved Documents Part B.

Consultation documents

Consultation document
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Cost benefit analysis of residential sprinklers
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Regulatory impact assessment
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Summary of significant changes to Approved Document B (Wales)
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Approved document B: Volume 1 - Dwellinghouses
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Approved document B: Volume 2 - Buildings other than dwellinghouses
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