New certification scheme launched
THE SMOKE Control Association (SCA) has worked together with IFC Certification to develop the new scheme and ‘help raise standards across the industry’.
The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations reported on the launch of the new scheme, IFC SDI 19, which aims to help ‘ensure a suitable level of competency in relation to fire strategy verification, system design and the installation of smoke control systems’. It also covers contractors’ abilities to ‘offer and provide an appropriate level of service and maintenance with the type, size and use of the building’.
Both organisations noted that the scheme is now open to contractors who install smoke control systems, who will be ‘required to apply for and receive accreditation as a condition of membership’. Those certified under the scheme will be ‘suitably experienced’ in fire strategy verification and commissioning of smoke control systems, ‘in accordance with’ a range of standards and industry guidance.
These include: Approved Document B of the Building Regulations; Approved Document B NI (Northern Ireland); Technical Handbook (Scotland); BS 9999; BS 9991; BS 7346 Parts 4, 5, 7 and 8; BS 8519; BS 8524; EN 12101 Part 6; Technical Reports 12101-4 & 5; and SCA Guidance Documents.
David Mowatt, chairman of the SCA, commented: ‘The independent review of building regulations and fire safety supports clear cultural changes in the procurement, design, construction and maintenance of buildings and building systems in order to deliver safer buildings. Contractors should be responsible for the systems they install and end users should always look to use a capable, experienced contractor.
‘This certification scheme will ensure quality and competency, affording the end user confidence that their safety critical system is fit for purpose. Certified contractors will have clearly demonstrated that their trained staff consistently adhere to industry best practice and fully appreciate the importance of correct installation, inspection and maintenance.’