This FAQ is designed to aid you in making the best choice in selecting a fire alarm, whether it is a new or an existing building.
More information including diagrams can be found on our domestic fire alarm categories page
What are the fire alarm requirements of new-build properties?
BS 5839: Pt.6: 2004 recommends that a new-build property consisting of no more than 3 floors (less than 200sqm per floor)) should be fitted with a Grade D, LD2 system.
Building Regulations in England, Wales & Scotland recommend that BS 5839: Pt.6 should be followed but, as a minimum, a Grade D, LD3 system should be installed.
Building Regulations in Northern Ireland require a Grade D, LD2 system to be installed, with smoke alarms fitted in the escape routes and the main living room and a heat alarm in the kitchen.