Fire Regulation Amendment – Maintenance

Published March 2017

Australian Standards for the routine service of fire protection systems and equipment have been updated to correct editorial issues and uncertainties around baseline data. The Fire Protection Authority has now published the amendment to provide more clarity so that building owners and facility managers can ensure requirements are properly met.

Following its implementation, it became clear that baseline data in AS 1851-2012 (routine service of fire protection systems and equipment) had not been interpreted correctly by the fire protection industry. As such, FP-001 has revised this to clarify the intent of the committee.

In addition, the definition of baseline data and Clause 1.8 states

“Baseline data required by the Standard is limited to that –
a) necessary to verify a routine service activity result; and
b) prescribed by the regulations, codes or Standards that applied to the approved design.”

The change also requires that routine service activities are carried out and results recorded regardless of the availability of baseline data and the lack of required baseline data shall be reported as a non-conformance.

Whilst the generation of baseline data is beyond the scope of AS1851 – 2012, there is still a requirement to re-establish the data if unavailable.

Philip Chun are expert at gathering baseline data to mitigate building non-conformances.

For further information on the amendment, contact David Martini Senior Essential Services Consultant, Philip Chun Essential Services. david.martini@philipchun.com

This story is intended to provide general information. It does not constitute advice and should not be treated as such. Should you require advice, please contact our office.

2016 Industry News

New building regulations are now in effect in Victoria

Published September 2016

Victoria now has a single maintenance standard that can be applied across all buildings.

The insert of 1205A to Part 12 of the Building Regulations 2006, allows building owners to carry out maintenance compliance with AS 1851—2012.

In addition, the Victorian Building Authority has issued an updated Practice Note; PN-23-2016-Maintenance-of-Essential-Safety-Measures providing guidance on preparing maintenance schedules and listing Essential Safety Measures maintenance to AS1851-2012.

Updating your maintenance schedule

Our Essential Services team can advise and assist building owners and facility managers on consolidating and preparing an updated maintenance schedule listing maintenance requirements to AS1851-2012.

Our team works with developers, building owners, agents, facility managers and contractors to ensure that the ongoing safety, reliability and maintenance for the building’s essential services and fire safety obligations are being met.

The Building Amendment Regulations 2016[1] PN-23-2016-Maintenance-of-Essential-Safety-measures is attached (attach PDF).  You can find out more at http://www.vba.vic.gov.au/ and for advice please contact Antony Rickards on 0411 557 706 or Antony.Rickards@philipchun.com

Changes to the regulations are summarised for your information.  The information is not advice and should not be treated as such.  Should you require advice please contact our Melbourne office.

This story is intended to provide general information. It does not constitute advice and should not be treated as such. Should you require advice, please contact our office.

NSW strata law changes from December 2016

Published September 2016

The increasing number of people living in strata communities led to a review by NSW Parliament of strata laws and the introduction of the Strata Scheme Management Bill 2015 and the Strata Schemes Development Bill 2015. 

The legislation was passed and includes around 90 changes to existing laws, commencing December 2016.

A summary of significant changes impacting property managers and Owners’ Corporations are:

Property management

  • For new buildings, the developer must arrange and pay for mandatory defect reporting inspections of the building work by a building inspector approved by the Owners’ Corporation. The regulations prescribe the kind of defective work that is to be reported on and the requirements and qualifications of the inspector – note that numerous specialised inspectors may be required to inspect all aspects of the building. The inspector is to be appointed not later than 12 months after the completion of the work and an interim report is to be issued to the Owners’ Corporation first AGM not earlier than 15 months and not later than 18 months after that completion.  A building inspector cannot be appointed by a developer without the approval of the Owners’ Corporation.  Inspection costs are payable by the developer.
  • For new buildings, the building developer must prepare an initial maintenance schedule for the strata scheme, to be tabled at the first AGM of a new scheme to inform the Owners’ Corporation of their maintenance obligations.
  • Developers are required to lodge a 2% building bond for the contract price of the building, as a form of security to fix any defective work.
  • All new and existing windows are to be made compliant (child safe) by March 2018. This is a requirement for ALL strata schemes, including existing and older buildings.

You can find more information on the reforms at www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au and for advice please contact the Philip Chun Sydney office below.

Our team

Philip Chun is Australia’s largest building regulation code, access and mobility, essential services, fire and life safety consulting group.  We have provided services relating to building regulation and control since 1990. 

Our essential services team works with building owners, agents, facility managers, developers and contractors to ensure that the ongoing safety, reliability and maintenance for a building’s essential services and fire safety obligations are being met. We provide expert independent advice to ensure you are receiving the maintenance service you are paying for. Our consultants:

  • Conduct inspections and audits, and tailors maintenance schedules and reports for new and existing buildings
  • Customise maintenance manuals and performance measures to meet Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards
  • Provide AS1851 advice, including adopting the latest industry maintenance standards
  • Conduct inspections of passive elements, fire penetrations, paths of travel and exits
  • Provide advice during DLP maintenance
  • Coordinate full function fire system interface tests
  • Prepare baseline data (tactical and compartmentation plans, schedules etc) and fire matrix
  • Prepare annual essential safety measures reports and fire safety statement

Sydney
Tel: 02 9412 2322                     
Email: sydney@philipchun.com
Suite 404, 44 Hampden Road, Artarmon NSW 2064        

Changes to the strata laws are summarised for your information.  The information is not advice and should not be treated as such.  Should you require advice please contact our office above.

This story is intended to provide general information. It does not constitute advice and should not be treated as such. Should you require advice, please contact our office.