LPC Sprinkler Rules – Technical Bulletins update

The LPC Sprinkler Rules for Automatic Sprinkler Installations is the UK's most significant sprinkler installation standard which incorporates the full BS EN 12845:2015+A1:2019 standard and related Technical Bulletins. Published by the FPA, this document 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 can be achieved.

An essential reference tool for anyone involved in the design, installation, and maintenance of automatic sprinkler systems, it is now available to purchase on our website both in print and digitally for £399 (50% discount for FPA members until 31 October 2022). Purchasing the online version gives you access to the newly released LPC Sprinkler Rules App so you can view the document on a mobile phone or tablet, as well as via the FPA website. You can find out more about becoming a member for exclusive benefits including discounts on products and services here.

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.