Fire protection solutions manufacturer Advanced, has a new RIBA-approved course available to aid understanding of the BS 8629 Code of Practice and how its recommendations apply to architects and specifiers in planning building safety strategies.

 ‘A Guide to Meeting BS 8629’ is a continuing professional development course, approved by the FIA, the CPD Certification Service as well as RIBA and is suitable for all those wanting to gain a more in-depth understanding of the code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of evacuation alert systems for use by the fire and rescue services in buildings containing flats.

Delivered online by the Advanced evacuation alert team – Ken Bullock, Business Development Manager and Shaun Scott, Applications Engineer for Evacuation Alert Systems – the one-hour session covers how BS 8629 applies to tall residential buildings – its scope and definitions, specifying products to meet the code of practice requirements, as well as identifying evacuation alert system components.

Ken Bullock, Business Development Manager – Evacuation Alert Systems, said: “Over the past year, we’ve seen a surge in demand for online education about the new BS 8629 standard and its implications. In response, we’ve developed webinars, technical training and video tutorials as well as our CPD series suited to help all those tasked with specifying, installing, operating and maintaining these new systems.

“Our new CPD presentation is a great way to improve understanding of the BS 8629 recommendations, how to choose the relevant evacuation alert system equipment, and your responsibilities for ensuring evacuation strategies are fit for purpose within tall residential buildings.

“As all content has been approved by RIBA, the FIA and the CPD Certification Service as boosting competency and knowledge of the latest standards, participants can rest assured they are up to speed with this fast-changing area of fire protection.”

BS 8629:2019 is the new Code of Practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of evacuation alert systems for use by fire and rescue services in England. In place since November 2019, this code of practice recommends the installation of a dedicated evacuation alert system intended for the sole use of the fire and rescue services and separate from the building’s fire alarm system. Although not yet a legal requirement in England, evacuation alert control and indicating equipment (EACIE) installation is already mandatory in new buildings containing flats over 18 metres in Scotland and is considered by a number of fire and rescue services as best practice for new and existing high-rise sites.


Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. Advanced’s reputation for performance, quality and ease of use sees its products specified in locations around the world, from single-panel installations to large, multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multiprotocol fire panels, extinguishing control, fire paging, false alarm management and reduction systems as well as emergency lighting.

Advanced, owned by FTSE 100 company Halma PLC, protects a wide range of prestigious and high-profile sites across the globe – from London’s Shard to Abu Dhabi International Airport and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge.


Halma is a global group of life-saving technology companies with a clear purpose to grow a safer, cleaner, healthier future for everyone, every day.



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