The INSTA TS 950 specification, Fire Safety
Engineering - Comparative Method to Verify Fire Safety Design in
Buildings, was published in March 2014. The specification is the result
of Nordic collaboration to facilitate and harmonize fire safety
According to a issue #50-2014 article in
Brandposten magazine, prior to the specification, Nordic countries
applied different acceptance criteria for the design of evacuation
routes. "For critical temperatures, this could mean differences from 60
to 100 C, which cannot be explained by differences in the populations of
the countries. On the contrary, there are strong reasons for the Nordic
countries in particular, with their strong cultural links, to apply the
same methods and principles."
The article also cites a three-year
cooperative study between Nordic countries, known as the Fire Safety
Engineering for Innovation and Sustainable Building Solutions project.
Fifteen companies are participating, representing all Nordic countries.
The objective is to place greater emphasis on standardization of methods
for verifying fire safety engineering.