Fire Safety Services
ORS is one of the leading fire engineering companies in Ireland in the application of prescriptive and performance-based fire engineering design.
Our range of services include:
- Pre-planning building regulations fire safety compliance assessment and technical submissions to accompany planning applications.
- Preparation of technical submissions (fire strategy reports and supporting drawings) to Local Authority Fire Departments under the various fire, health and safety and planning legislation including building control and fire services acts.
- Provision of expert advice in relation to the application and interpretation of the building control and fire safety legislation.
- Development of fire engineering design solutions using state of the art software and design from 1st principles for a range of complex design scenarios, including:
- Fire growth and development, design calculations.
- Smoke and heat exhaust ventilation systems design, including smoke control designs incorporating time to fill analysis and tenability analysis.
- Structural fire engineering design.
- Fire safety audits of existing buildings; preparation of audit reports, specifications and drawings of fire safety improvement works.
- Preparation of specifications, drawings and contract documents and supervision of fire safety works.
- Fire safety risk assessments.
- Conducting and coordinating on-site fire safety provisions; both passive and active fire safety systems.
- Certification of compliance with Fire Safety legislation.
What is a Fire Safety Certificate and why you should have one?
A Fire Safety Certificate (FSC) shows that adequate escape facilities are present in a building. It indicates that the building is designed in a way that prevents and limits the spread of a fire.
All buildings must comply with Part B (Fire) of the Building Regulations 1997 – 2010, however not all buildings need a FSC, for example houses and certain agricultural buildings.
Drawings and various technical information about the building are required when applying for a FSC. When the application has been submitted the authorities will issue a decision within two months. If this timeframe needs to be extended, they will inform you in writing.
The ORS Fire Team handles multiple applications for clients on an ongoing basis. They are experienced to manage the process on your behalf and guide you through and implement the actions required to ensure your building is compliant with Building Control Regulations.
When do you require a FSC?
The following developments require a Fire Safety Certificate;
- Works in connection with the design and construction of a new building
- Works in connection with the material alteration of:
- A day centre
- A building containing a flat
- A hotel, hostel or guest building
- An institutional building
- A place of assembly
- A shopping centre
- Works in connection with the material alteration of a shop, office or industrial building where additional floor area is being provided within the existing building or where the building is sub divided into a number of units for separate occupancy.
Make sure to send in your commencement notice or 7-day notice before you start work. You may also need a Disability Access Certificate.
At ORS, our core business in fire safety engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to the protection of people, property and the environment from fire. We strive to deliver the highest standard of fire engineering to all our clients, meeting individual project challenges and requirements.
Our Fire Safety team is comprised of dynamic individuals, dedicated to providing the best fire safety service for our clients. We use state-of-the-art fire engineering tools in our fire safety design and consultancy work.
Further information about whether you require a FSC can be found in the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2009. Or contact the members of our Fire Team, Fergal Finnerty or Eamon McShane for help and guidance.
How to apply for a FSC
We can handle that for you in office when all necessary information regarding the building and drawings are provided to our highly skilled Fire Team. From there they can take all the actions required to ensure your building will be fully compliant with Building Control Regulations.
The fee for a FSC
It’s €125 or €2.90 per square metre of floor area being provided, whichever is greater (up to a maximum of €12,500). This fee must be made payable to the local county authority from which the application will be granted.
This is for works in connection with:
- the construction or extension of a building
- a building in which a material change of use takes place
- one or both of the following:
- the material alteration of the interior of a building
- the material alteration of the external surfaces of a building (€125 fixed fee)
For a building, or works, that will be used for agricultural purposes, the fee is €65 or €0.80c per square metre (in excess of 300 square metres) – applied to whichever of the following is greater:
- gross floor area being provided
- relevant floor area
‘The above fee is for the application with the local authority only. It does not include time incurred by ORS in relation to the completion of the application on behalf of the client. This is quoted for separately.
What happens next?
When application has been submitted the authorities will issue the client a decision within two months. If this timeframe needs to be extended, they will inform you in writing.