Passive Fire Protection Codes

Australian Standards and BCA Codes

Changes to building regulations in June 2005 have introduced more stringent fire safety precautions for shared accommodation buildings in Victoria. The improved safety regulations are aimed at reducing the occurrence and severity of fire related injuries. The Building Regulations 2006 introduced further exemptions to the requirements.

Fire Doors

Components for the protection of openings in fire-resistant walls - Fire-resistant doorsets. AS/NZ 1905.1; Part C3.4 & C3.11 (BCA); Spec.C3.4 (BCA)
  • AS 1905.1-2005 Specifies the requirements for the construction and installation of components for the protection of openings in fire-resistant walls - Fire-resistant doorsets
  • Maintenance: AS1851.7

Smoke Doors

  • Part C2.5 & D2.6 (BCA); Spec. C3.4 (BCA)
  • Maintenance: Spec. C3.4 (BCA)

Solid Core Doors

AS2688; AS2689; Part C3.11 (BCA)
  • All Fire Service Penetrations Sealing
  • Electrical Services Fire Stopping
  • Construction of Fire Resisting Barriers
  • Installation of PVC Pipe Sealing, Fire Collars
  • Fire Pillows, Fire Rated Mortar
  • Sealing of Fire Rated Control Joints

Solid Core Doors

  • AS 2688-1984 Timber Doors
  • AS 2689-1984 Timber Door Sets
  • Maintenance: To meet specified performance criteria.

Fire Dampers

AS1682.1; AS1682.2;

  • AS1682.1 The standard sets out requirements for design, manufacture, performance, testing and marking of fire dampers whose purpose is to protect ventilation openings in fire-resistant elements of construction. The use of ventilation and air-conditioning in buildings - Fire and smoke control in multi-compartment buildings
  • AS1682.2 Fire Dampers, Part 2 - Installation

Fire Seals Protecting Openings in Fire-Resistant Components of the Building

AS4072.1; AS1530.4; Part C3.15 (BCA); Spec. C3.15 (BCA;

  • AS 4072.1-2005 Components for the protection of openings in fire-resistant separating elements - Service penetrations and control joints. The Australian standard AS4072.1 Components for the Protection of Openings in Fire-Resistant Separating Elements is intended to be used in conjunction with
  • AS4072.1 Components for the protection of openeings in fire-resistant separating elements. The standard refers to a control joint as A joint, between or within discrete elements of construction that allows for relative movement of the elements.
  • AS 1530.4-2005 "Methods for fire tests on building materials, components and structures". Fire-resistance test of elements of construction which contains the procedures for the doing the evaluations.
  • AS 1530.4-2005 "Methods for fire tests on building materials, components and structures". Fire-resistance test of elements of construction which contains the procedures for the doing the evaluations.
  • Maintenance: To meet specified performance criteria

Fire Resistant Roller Shutters

AS1905.2; Part C3.4 (BCA); Spec. C3.4 (BCA)

  • AS 1905.2-2005 Components for the protection of openings in fire-resistant walls - Fire-resistant roller shutters
  • Maintenance: Maintenance: Part/Spec. C3.4 (BCA)

Smoke Dampers

AS1668.1; AS1668.2 AS1682.1; AS1682.2

  • AS/NZS 1668.1:1998 The use of ventilation and air-conditioning in buildings - Fire and smoke control in multi-compartment buildings
  • AS 1668.2-2012 The use of ventilation and air-conditioning in buildings - Mechanical ventilation in buildings
  • AS 1682.1-1990 Fire dampers Specification
  • AS 1682.2-1990 Fire dampers Installation
  • Maintenance: To meet specified performance criteria

Access Panels, Doors and Hoppers to Fire Resistant Shafts

AS1530.4; AS4072.1 Part C3.13 & C3.15 (BCA)

  • AS 1530.4-2005 Methods for fire tests on building materials, components and structures - Fire-resistance test of elements of construction.

    The fire rating for AS1530.4 is called the Fire Resistance Level (FRL). It is designated in minutes, and is noted discretely for three performance criteria: structural adequacy, integrity, and insulation. For example a load bearing wall might have an FRL of 120/120/120 meaning it satisfies the standard to a minimum of 2 hours for all three criteria. Where a criterion is not applicable, the value is indicated with a dash. For example, a control joint, might have an FRL of --/120/120, since it is a non-load bearing element.

    Similarly for the insulation portion in AS1530.4, a failure is noted as an average unexposed temperature, as measured by thermocouples, of more than 140K above initial. Simultaneously, no single location should be more than 180K above the initial. UL2079 sets these limits at 139K and 181K respectively. When these values are exceeded in the AS1530.4 test, the insulation portion of the test is finished although the test can be continued for the other ratings.

  • AS 4072.1-2005 Components for the protection of openings in fire-resistant separating elements - Service penetrations and control joints
  • Maintenance: To meet specified performance criteria

Reports Upon Completion

Following the completion of our works, a detailed report can be provided detailing the services rendered and assuring that the works completed meet the Australian Standards as set by the BCA (Building Codes Australia).

Certificates of Compliance can be provided at the completion of works.

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