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New Requirements for Sprinklers in Finland and France

From January Finland will permit 3-8 storey hotels to be built from wood if they are fitted with sprinklers. Larger compartments will also be allowed in many building types if sprinklers are present. In France, sprinklers will be required in car parks with more than two underground storeys and in all underground automatic car parks.

To ensure that new national regulations do not create a barrier to trade they are first sent to the European Commission which translates them at least into English, French and German and sends them to all the national governments in the EU.

New fire safety regulations in Finland have gone through this process and can be viewed here.

The amendments to the French car park regulations can be viewed here. The EFSN has extracted the clauses of relevance to sprinklers after the amendments are applied and collated them:New French Car Park Regulations.