LPS1175 Issue 8?
The Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) is one of the most established and recognised certification boards in the World. It is supported by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) from the UK headquarters. BRE contribute to building regulations and managing codes and standards for government, their teams develop their own standards in partnership with external experts and industry. They do this to help ensure that products or services perform as they should, and to support the introduction of new and unproven technologies.
Loss Prevention Standards (LPS)
The internationally respected LPS suite of standards give confidence that fire safety products and services will deliver effective fire prevention, detection, alarm and suppression, and that security systems will give protection against criminal intrusion and terrorist attack. They cover:
- Automatic Sprinkler, Water Spray and Deluge Systems
- Firebreak Doors and Shutters
- Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
- Fixed Fire Fighting Systems
- Manual Fire Fighting Systems
- Passive Fire Protection Products and Systems
- Security Assessments – SABRE
- Security Systems
- Smoke and Fire Ventilation Systems
- Watermist Systems
The LPS1175 Issue 8
LPS 1175 Issue 8 was the new testing standards which were published back in January 2019. Every new security product tested from the January 2019 will be tested to the new revision. Issue 8 has introduced several changes to provide a more realistic view of attack scenarios, with a more in depth understanding of potential risk. This latest revision moves away from specification of a single security measure. Instead, Issue 8 defines effective resistance in support of a layered approach formed of multiple products. These products are evaluated according to the threat level and minimum delay in minutes.
Products certified to previous revision do not lose their certification, not does the certification become outdated. Issue 8 continues to provide manufacturers, specifiers, and architects a benchmark for security products. Testing s a long and expensive process, with only 5% of products successfully achieving the accreditation.
For the full LPCB LPS1175 Issue 8 requirements and testing procedure.
BRE describes LPS 1175 Issue 8 as:
“Formed of two elements that illustrate performance in terms of:
Threat level (first element) – Letter (A to H) corresponding with the tool kit used to evaluate the product’s intruder resistance and the number of attackers involved.
Delay (second element) – Numeric value (1, 3, 5, 10, 15 or 20) corresponding with the minimum delay (in minutes) provided by the product when placed in a locked condition.”
A property can, therefore, achieve a higher overall rating by combining multiple appropriate products.