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on 20 January 2009
This is by far, one of the best Technical Guides to any British Standard within building services engineering, I have read.

The aim of the book is to provide guidance on the current version of BS5839-1. Laid out in 36 chapters over some 300 pages, it covers the history of BS5839 through to User Responsibilities.

Some chapters are only two or three pages long, but pack the punchiest of detail. An easy to read format, it discusses the client initial enquiry to the developer and his role, the consultant's or contractor's design requirements and responsibilites, installation and commissioning requirements, documentation for the O&M manuals, clarifies what, when and why verification is required, certification and the term, deviations to the Code, through to acceptance by the user and their responsibilites in terms of maintaing the system.

Having installed FA systems as an electrician, commissioned them as an FA technician, and designed FA systems as an Electrical Engineer, I can say this book covers all the usual and not so usual issues that heve to to be addressed (pun intended) during the life cycle of a building.

To summarise, the author makes it quite clear in the Introduction, the guide should not be regarded as offering any final authorative interpretation of the code. This is true. If however you are a specifier, installer, commissioning engineer, an end user, or any one else who has to refer to BS 5839, then you should read this book, and then keep it in your library alongside BS 5839-1. In fact is should be made Law!

The Design, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems. A Guide to BS 5829-1 (Third Edition)
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on 10 December 2013
This book is extremely useful and has helped massively in writing specifications and documetation for fire alarm systems. It guides you in the requirements and ensures that your system is as safe as reasonably possible. A very good book
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on 23 April 2013
The author has apparently drafted the regulations. Therefore, I am not commenting about the contents - I couldn' understand much. My comments pertain only to the poor presentation.I don't see any effort by the author to communicate with the reader. It looks like a straight cut and paste from the manual.
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on 19 April 2013
A very useful and in depth book. Found it a useful tool to broaden my knowledge on the subject. My only criticisiun being the lack of diagrams as i felt these may have helped with some of the more complicated descriptions. All round though excellent.
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on 2 November 2012
A very easy to read and understand book. I bought it along with the BS 5839 part 6 book, both are expensive but worth having.
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on 6 June 2011
10 / 10 alhough bsi has liceance to print money as updates may be req..
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on 15 September 2010
A useful book if you're in the trade but i expected more for the price. Not as in depth as i'd imagined it would be, take off the BSI cut and it would probably bring the price down to it's true worth.
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