Technical Support

FIS maintains a technical team who work with the industry to set standards and to support members, specifiers and clients and works to raise quality in the sector.

Sub-sectors within the Finishes and Interiors Sector

FIS serves the diversity of sectors in the Finishes and Interior Sector through its working groups and specialist knowledge hubs.  To help specifiers contractors and those simply looking to find out more, we have collated some key relevant information in the links below.

Drylining – Drylining is constructed on site to provide partitions, wall innings and ceilings using plasterboard on a framework, typically of light gauge steel sections in highrise residential, commercial, education and health facilities and timber stud in low rise housing.

Suspended Ceilings – Suspended ceilings are a linier membrane hung by a suspension from a steel framework from the soffit above. They provide acoustic and can provide fire performance as well as light reflectance, and provide a void to hide mechanical electrical and plumbing services (MEP)

Partitioning – Partitioning can be formed from drylining or proprietary framed or unframed glass systems to delineate space and provide acoustic fire and barrier separation. Partitions tend to be non loadbearing but can be demountable and some are relocatable to provide flexibility.

Plastering – Plaster is a building material used for the protective or decorative coating of walls and ceilings and for moulding and casting decorative elements. The most common types of plaster mainly contain either gypsum, lime, or cement, but all work in a similar way. Plastering is used in buildings of all types and embraces the traditional skills and competencies to inspect, report and maintain our stock of heritage buildings from stately homes to Theatres, banks and town halls as well as providing off site fibrous plaster used in retail parks hotels and new builds.

Operable Walls – Operable walls are panelised partitions usually mounted from the soffit to provide flexible division of space and are often seen in exhibition halls, hotels, schools colleges and universities.

Steel Frame Systems – SFS Light Gauge Steel Framing systems provide the framework to infill between floors on the external skin of buildings and can be used to provide an off site manufactured load bearing framing used in modern methods of construction (MMC)

Site Carpentry and Joinery – Carpenters and joiners make and install wooden fixtures and fittings as part of construction projects. They may be involved in new builds or in renovation and alteration of existing buildings and structures.

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Fire protection information

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A Guide to Office Acoustics

‘A Guide to Office Acoustics’ promotes best practice in the design and installation of acoustic solutions in offices.  It encompasses the needs of a range of audiences, including first time office occupiers, clients, specialist contractors, suppliers, designers, architects and acousticians.

Download FIS Guide To Office Acoustics

Download FIS Acoustic Guide Key Learning Points

For a full list of FIS Publications click here

FIS Best Practice Guides

The FIS Best Practice Guides are an essential guide to selection, planning and installation of key products and systems integral to the finishing and interiors sector.  They are designed to give an overview and support understanding for all involved in the process.   FIS encourages all of our members to follow the principles set out in these guides.

The following guides are available for download:

  • FIS Best Practice Guide: Top Fixings for Suspended Ceilings
      •  Approach to safe anchorage for suspended ceilings
      • Specification of top fixings for suspended ceilings
      • Top fixing selector chart for suspended ceilings
      • Installation and testing of top fixings for suspended ceilings
      • Site register of proof testing of top fixings for suspended ceilings
    • FIS Best Practice Guide – installation of suspended ceilings
    • FIS Best Practice Guide – installation of partitioning
    • FIS Best Practice Guide – maintenance and access into suspended ceilings
    • FIS Best Practice Guide – installation of drylining

    These Best Practice Guides are available to download from the publications section of this website

    FIS Site Guides

    The FIS Site Guides have been written for the construction team as a practical guide to provide specialist knowledge in relation to health and safety, storage, handling, fixing and sequencing with other trades.

    • FIS site guide – drylining
    • FIS site guide – glazed partitions
    • FIS site guide – partitioning
    • FIS site guide – raised access flooring
    • FIS site guide – suspended ceilings
    • FIS site guide – wallcoverings
    • FIS site guide – SFS Guide

    The FIS Site Guides are available to download from the publications section of the FIS website.

    A list of Key British Standards Relevant to the Finishes and Interiors Sector

    As an affiliate of the British Standards Institution, FIS members can purchase their standards directly from the BSI Shop. Visit our Membership Hub to find the top five standards in the fit-out sector.

    Acoustic British Standards

    BS EN ISO 140-18:2006 Acoustics: Measurement of sound insulation in buildings and building element. Laboratory measurement of sound generated by rainfall on building elements – Current

    BS EN ISO 717-1:2013 Acoustics: Rating of sound insulation in buildings and building elements – Current

    BS EN ISO 717-2:2013 Acoustics: Rating of sound insulation in buildings and of building elements. Impact sound insulation – Current

    BS 8233:2014 Guidance of sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings – Current

    BS EN 10140-1:2016 Acoustics: Laboratory measurement of sound insulation of building elements. Application rules for specific products – Current, Under review

    BS EN 10140-2:2010 Acoustics: Laboratory measurement of sound insulation of building elements. Measurement of airborne sound insulation – Current, Under review

    BS EN 10140-3:2010 + A1:2015 Acoustics: Laboratory measurement of sound insulation of building elements. Measurements of impact sound insulation – Current, Under review

    BS EN 10140-4:2010 Acoustics: Laboratory measurements of sound insulation of building elements. Measurements procedures and requirements – Current, Under review

    BS EN 10140-5:2010 + A1: 2014 Acoustics: Laboratory measurement of sound insulation of building elements. Requirements for test facilities and equipment’s – Current, Under review

    BS EN ISO 11654 Acoustics: Sound absorbers for use in buildings. Rating of sound absorption – Current

    BS EN 12354-5:2009 Building acoustics: Estimation of acoustic performance of buildings from the performance of elements. Sound absorption in enclosed spaces – Current

    BS EN 12354-6:2003 Building acoustics: Estimation of acoustic performance of building from the performance of elements. Sound absorption in enclosed spaces – Current

    BS EN ISO 12354-1:2017 Building acoustics: Estimation of acoustic performance of buildings from the performance of elements. Airborne sound insulation between rooms – Current

    BS EN ISO 12354-2:2017 Building acoustics: Estimation of acoustic performance of buildings from the performance of elements. Impact sound insulation between rooms – Current

    Business Information Modelling (BIM) British Standards

    PAS 1192-5:2015 Specification for security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management – Current

    BS 1192:2007 + A2:2016 Collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information. Code of practice – Current

    PAS 1192-2:2013 Specification for information management for capital/delivery phase of construction projects using business information modelling – Current

    BS 1192-4:2014 Collaborative production of information. Fulfilling employer’s information exchange requirements using COBie. Code of practice – Current

    BS 8536-1:2015 Briefing for design and construction. Code of practice for facilities management (Buildings infrastructure) – Current

    PAS 1192-6 Specification for collaborative sharing and use of structured Health and Safety information using BIM – In Development

    PAS 1192-7 Construction product information 0 Specification for defining, sharing and maintaining structured digital construction product information – In Development

    Suspended Ceilings British Standards

    BS EN 13964:2014 BSI Standards publication/ Suspended ceilings – requirements and test methods – Current

    BS 8539:2012 Code of practice for selection and installation of post-installed anchors in concrete and masonry – Current

    Fire Safety Standards

    BS 476-3:2004 Fire tests on building materials and structures. Classification and method of test for external fire exposure to roofs – Current

    BS 476-10:2009 Fire tests on building materials and structures. Guide to the principles, selection, role and application of fire testing and their outputs – Current

    BS EN 1363-1:2012 Fire resistance tests. General requirements – Current

    BS 5266-1:2016 Emergency lighting. Code of practice for the emergency lighting of premises – Current

    BS 5839-1:2017 Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings. Code of practice for design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of systems in non-domestic premises – Current

    BS 8214:2016 Timber-based fire door assemblies. Code of practice – Current

    BS 9999:2017 Fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings. Code of practice – Current

    BS EN 12845:2015 Fixed firefighting systems. Automatic sprinkler systems. Design, installation and maintenance – Current

    BS EN 13501-1:2007+A1:2009 Fire classification of construction products and building elements. Classification using test data from reaction to fire test – Current

    BS EN 13823:2002 Reaction to fire tests for building products. Building products excluding floorings exposed to the thermal attack by a single burning item – Current

    Flooring British Standards

    BS 5385-2:2015 Wall and floor tiling. Design and installation of external ceramic, natural stone and mosaic wall tiling in normal conditions. Code of practice – Current

    BS 5385-3:2014 Wall and floor tiling/ Design and installation of internal and external ceramic and mosaic floor tiling in normal conditions/ Code of practice – Current

    BS 5385-4:2015 Wall and floor tiling/ Design and installation of ceramic and mosaic tiling in special conditions/ Code of practice – Current

    BS 8203:2017 Installation of resilient floor coverings – Current

    BS 13658-1:2005 Metal lath and beads definitions – requirements and test methods. Part 1: Internal Plastering – Current

    BS 13658-2:2005 Metal lath and beads definition- requirements and test methods. Part 2: External Plastering – Current

    Partitioning British Standards

    BS EN 520:2004 + A1:2009 Gypsum plasterboards: Definitions, requirements and test methods – Current

    BS 5234-1:1992 Partitions (including) matching linings)/ Code of practice for design and installation – Current

    BS 5234-2:1992 Partitions (including) matching linings)/ Specification for performance requirements for strength and robustness including methods of test – Current

    BS 12859:2011 Gypsum blocks – Definitions, requirements and test methods – Current

    BS 12860:2001 Gypsum based adhesives for gypsum blocks – Definitions, requirements and test methods – Current

    BS 13729-1:2008 Gypsum binders and gypsum plasters/ Part1: Definitions and requirements – Current

    BS 13729-2:2014 Gypsum binders and gypsum plasters/ Part2: Test methods – Current

    BS EN 13914-2:2016 Design, preparation and application of external rendering and internal plastering. Internal plastering – Current

    BS 8212:1995 Code of practice for dry lining and partitioning using gypsum plasterboard – current

    Structural British Standards

    BS 1991-1-4:2005 + A1:2010 Eurocode 1. Actions on structures. General actions. Wind actions – Current

    BS 1993-1-3:2006 Eurocode 3. Design of steel structures. General rules. Supplementary rules for cold-formed members and sheeting – Current

    BS 1995-1-1:2004 + A2:2014 Eurocode 5: Design of timber structures. General. Common rules and rules for buildings – Current

    Workmanship British Standards

    BS 8000-0:2014 Workmanship on construction sites: Introduction and general principles – Current

    BS 8000-5:1990 Workmanship on building sites: Code of practice for carpentry, joinery and general fixings – Current

    BS 8000-7:1990 Workmanship on building sites: Code of practice for glazing – Current

    BS 8000-8:1994 Workmanship on building sites: Code of practice for plasterboard partitions and dry linings – Current

    BS 8000-9:2003 Workmanship on building sites: Cementitious levelling screeds and wearing screeds- code of practice – Current

    BS 8000-11:1989 Workmanship on building sites: Code of practice for wall and floor tiling/ Section 11.1 Ceramic tiles, terrazzo tiles and mosaics – Current

    BS 8000-12:1989 Workmanship on building sites: Code of practice for decorative wallcoverings and painting – Current

    Note:  FIS Members can purchase BSI Standards through the FIS at discounted rates – to find out more contact the FIS team on 0121 707 0077 or info@thefis.org