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LPC Sprinkler Rules – FPA publishes Technical Bulletins update

Published by the Fire Protection Association (FPA), the LPC Sprinkler Rules for Automatic Sprinkler Installations has recently been updated to incorporate new Technical Bulletins and update existing ones to provide a specification designed to ensure the highest reasonably practical levels of property protection, life safety, and resilience to fire that can be achieved.

The document is the ‘UK’s most significant sprinkler installation standard’, incorporating the full BS EN 12845:2015+A1:2019 standard and related Technical Bulletins.

An ‘essential reference tool’ for anyone involved in the design, installation, and maintenance of automatic sprinkler systems, it is now available to purchase on the FPA website both in print and digitally for £399. Purchasing the online version gives professionals access to the newly released LPC Sprinkler Rules App so they can view the document on a mobile phone or tablet, as well as via the FPA website.

Dale Kinnersley, FPA Principal Consultant and Convenor of the RISCAuthority Sprinkler Rules Working Group said: “The LPC Sprinkler Rules is the only UK sprinkler standard that includes property protection and business resilience required by building insurers. The new LPC Technical Bulletins have been written by committee in association with UK experts, insurer members of RISCAuthority, and input from the UK Trade Organisation BAFSA. The updates are based on research, testing, product innovation, and changes to recognised international standards that help underpin the requirements from insurers and provide more comprehensive fire protection system options in relation to current UK construction and industry practices.”

New Technical Bulletins

The following Technical Bulletins have been produced to address gaps recognised by insurers in the current standards for property protection purposes and the need to enhance current requirements based on research, testing, and developed standards from around the world:

  • TB202: Sprinkler protection to buildings featuring residential occupancies – insurance requirements
  • TB211: Hanging garment storage
  • TB212: Mobile shelving systems

Updated Technical Bulletins

The following Technical Bulletins have been updated based on new technology, research, and insurer requirements for property protection, building resilience, and business continuity:

  • TB203: Care and maintenance of automatic sprinkler systems
  • TB210: Automatic sprinkler pump installation
  • TB222: Ordinary Hazard Group 3 protection using Enhanced Protection Extended Coverage Sprinklers
  • TB229: LPC Rules for automatic sprinkler installations variations to BS EN 12845 (2015)
  • TB230: Protection of roof spaces, floor and ceiling voids
  • TB234: Protection of high hazard storage (HHS) configurations
  • TB237: Flushing underground sprinkler mains


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