Council Building Notice

AUST - Hendry advises building owners and property professionals that some local councils are undertaking a "combined inspection process" on existing buildings under the building regulations resulting in the issuing of a building notice. In adopting this approach they encompass detection of illegal building works, change of occupancy or use, poorly maintained essential safety measures, Annual Fire Safety Statements fraudulently signed, dangerous buildings and buildings needing to be upgraded to community expectations. A building notice will identify changed conditions in a building regardless of when the illegal buildings works were performed or when a change of occupancy or change of use

Property Managers and AS 3745-2010

VIC – Hendry advises building owners and property managers of multi-tenanted buildings of their duty of care under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 to provide a safe work place to tenants, visitors and tradespeople. This duty of care extends to a procedure to respond to emergencies (AS 3745-2010), and this procedure is also needed by the tenants to meet their duty of care to the staff they employ. This in part is provided by an emergency response training exercise, and is specified under AS 3745-2010 ‘Planning for emergencies in facilities’ where the building owner is specifically mentioned. A building-wide response

Fire Windows: Protection of Opening

AUST - Hendry advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in Part C3 ‘Protection of Openings’, nominates fire windows under Clause 3.4 ‘Acceptable methods of protection’. This clause allows for the use of windows as an acceptable method of fire protection in walls requiring a FRL. The requirement for protection of window openings under the Building Code of Australia is to protect life and property from the risk of flame and heat transmission. This article explains the parameters under the Building Code of Australia that allow fire windows to be nominated in building works. Building Code of Australia Clause C3.4

Large Grease Plant: Evacuation Signs: Emergency Plan

QLD – Hendry was requested by a client to prepare evacuation signs/evacuation diagrams and a fire and evacuation plan for their existing large grease plant factory under the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 (BFSR). The client’s fire and evacuation plan (emergency plan) and evacuation signs/evacuation diagrams were outdated to the extent that they did not include recent alterations. The fire evacuation plan needed a complete revision to comply with the provisions of BFSR. Building owners and tenants must realise that any building works occurring in the building that offsets the information contained on the evacuation signs (evacuation diagrams), requires the evacuation signs

Explanation: Essential Safety Measures: AESMR

VIC – Maintenance requirements for essential safety measures have been almost non-existent until a major amendment occurred to the Victoria Building Regulations 1994 by the inclusion of Part 11 - Maintenance. All buildings developed after 1 July 1994 and subjected to an Occupancy Permit must have an Annual Essential Safety Measures Report (AESMR) prepared each year. Today’s situation ensures that owners and agents of buildings are responsible for maintaining essential safety measures to a prescribed standard. Part 12 of the Building Regulations 2006, now defines all buildings as either Subdivision 1, Subdivision 2 or Subdivision 3 each with their own set