Assessing the Potential for Fire Spread on the External Envelope of the Building Short Course

Assessing the Potential for Fire Spread on the External Envelope of the Building Short Course

External building features are critical components of a building system; however they represent a significant challenge in assessing the potential for external fire spread. The core purpose of the course is to provide the delegate with the skills and knowledge to recognise key issues and make an assessment of this potential.

Entry and Admissions

AWARD TYPE: Short Course


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time



SCHOOL: School of Engineering

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

START DATE: Start date dependant on applicant

Entry Requirements:


This course is suitable for:

  • Building Control Inspectors
  • Facilities Management
  • Fire Risk Assessors
  • Health and Safety Managers
  • Fire Safety Managers
  • ​Housing Managers

Course Content

Session 1 – Historical perspective (Why we are where we are)

  • Including Fire Note 8, Fire Note 9, BS8414 (BR135) BS9414.

Session 2

  • Building Regulations 2010 and ADB 2019
  • Regulation B3(3) Fire spread into the external wall
  • Regulation B3(4) Cavity Barriers including open state cavity barriers
  • Regulation B4(1) External Fire Spread

Session 3

  • Why Building Regulation Sign off may not mean compliance with the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (Article 8 - general fire precautions)

Session 4

  • Key and Influencing Case Studies - Knowsley Heights, Irvine fire Scotland, Lacrosse docklands

Session 5

  • Building Advice Note 14 Advice for building owners: external wall systems that do not incorporate ACM
  • Building Advice Note 21 Balconies on Residential Buildings

External Fire Spread


To ensure the learner can recognise external building features and materials which may present a fire spread hazard on the external envelope of the building


Understand the basic legal framework

Regulation versus Guidance

Identify products which may present the risk of external fire spread

Understand the guidance provided by Government advice notes 14 and 21

Learning Environment & Assessment

  • 1 Hour written assessment

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

£400 for individual bookings
Discounts for volume company bookings.

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

For further information about how to apply telephone  +44 (0)1772 895680 or email:

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