There are separate fire safety Building Regulations for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and each region has its own, specific guidance on how to comply. The requirements for insulated panel and façade systems across all four are very similar.
There is separate building regulations fire guidance for domestic and non-domestic buildings, and within that guidance there are classifications of Building Purpose Group, according to use. Those Building Purpose Groups that are considered to have greater potential levels of risk because of the type of occupancy, such as schools and hospitals, should meet additional requirements to be considered compliant.
Further requirements also come into play for buildings with habitable storeys over 18 metres, not including plant rooms on roofs. There are several ways to comply with these more stringent requirements.
Within each of the Regulations, there is provision for British and European standards such as BS 476 and EN 13501, for reaction to fire and fire resistance tests. The primary focus of these tests and the Regulations they support is to help ensure life safety.