Non Deemed to Satisfy External Wall Cladding Systems

AUST - Hendry advises that in recent years, residential and commercial buildings in Australia have seen a dramatic increase in the use of innovative, external wall cladding systems which are not covered within the Building Code of Australia (BCA) deemed-to-satisfy (DtS) provisions and building regulations. When these systems are proposed in the design of a new building or building upgrades they are required to be presented as Alternative Solutions. The Alternative Solution must include evidence that allows the relevant authority to determine that the material and the form of construction proposed in the design meet the Performance requirements in the BCA. It

Grammar School Boatshed: Evacuation Diagrams: AS 3745-2010: Emergency Plan

AUST - Hendry provided the owner a metropolitan Grammar School of a boatshed with an emergency plan and evacuation diagrams for a part 2 storey building under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’. The building’s emergency control procedures and evacuation diagrams were not up to date and did not comply with the provisions of AS 3745-2010. AS 3745 now requires the Emergency Planning Committee to nominate a validation date for the evacuation diagrams (that is, the date upon which the evacuation diagrams must be re-assessed against potential changes that have occurred to the building or AS 3745-2010). The Emergency Planning Committee

Activating Automatic Fire Door Closers: Fire Door Inspections

AUST - Hendry advises that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Clause C3.5 Doorways in fire walls requires a hold open fire doors to close automatically upon the activation of a smoke detector or other detector deemed suitable under AS 1670.1-2004 ‘Fire detection, warning, control and intercom systems – System design and commissioning – Fire’. Fire door inspections are to be performed under AS 1851-2005. The following illustration from BCA Illustrated depicts the automatic closing operation of both fire doors separating fire compartments 1 and 2 must be initiated upon the activation of a smoke detector in either compartment or