Overview: EPIC Fire Guide

EPIC’s 2012 guidance document on the fire safety and performance in fire of insulated panel systems  links the results and findings of small and medium-scale fire tests directly to the analysed performance of insulated panels in real fires.

Insulated panels are used extensively for the external roof and wall cladding of buildings in most construction sectors. Panels for the external envelope are designed and perform totally differently in fire compared to free standing internal panel systems and studies have shown that only rarely have external roof and wall panels been involved in the initial stages of a fire.

Insulated panels are selected for their thermal and energy saving properties and their construction and installation benefits. Fire safety can be optimised through correct specification, design and installation and this guide covers these aspects.

62 page guide to fire safety and performance in fire of insulated panels

The EPIC Fire Guide for insulated panels for external roofs and walls is divided into 2 parts for ease of downloading:

  • General information and regulatory requirements which covers all the latest regulations for England Wales and Northern Ireland, and separately for Scotland, including the latest Euroclass requirements for roofs and walls [Updated version pending]
  • Fire tests to meet the regulatory and insurance industry requirements linked to the results of fire research findings and the evidence of fire case studies


Part 1. Regulatory and information [Updated version pending]

  • Introduction and history
  • Statutory requirements
  • The requirements of the Building Regulations for England Wales and Northern Ireland relevant to insulated roof and wall panels including new Euroclasses
  • The requirements of the Building Standards for Scotland relevant to insulated roof and wall panels including new Euroclasses
  • Fire precautions in Hospitals
  • Fire precautions in Schools
  • Business and property protection – minimising damage and business interruption; and an overview of Fire Safety Engineering techniques as applied to materials for the building envelope

Part 2. Understanding how insulated panels react in fire

  • Fire safety engineering
  • Fire tests to meet regulatory requirements
  • Fire tests to meet Insurance Industry requirements
  • Fire research and fire case studies of both externally and internally originated fires
  • Appendix. Fire safety management issues. Good practice and clear day-to-day safety management procedures can reduce the incidence of fires. Guidance is given which is specific to all forms of roofing and cladding.