It is not always necessary to replace existing doors with fire doors when carrying out a loft conversion project…
Within Approved Document B: Fire Safety Volume 1 – Dwellinghouses, clause 2.2 states:
‘In providing any kind of fire protection in dwellings it should be recognised that measures which significantly interfere with the day-today convenience of the occupants may be less reliable in the long term’.
With this in mind, it may be possible to provide a more comprehensive fire alarm and detection system rather than providing a protected stair with fire doors, or an alternative escape route.
A good level of protection can normally be obtained from a Category LD2 fire alarm and detection system, in which smoke detection is provided at points where the fire risk is high. A Category LD2 system should have detectors in circulation areas (entrance hall, 1st floor landing and 2nd floor landing) of the dwelling and all rooms in which detection is deemed necessary (main living room and kitchen).