Council Building Notice

AUST - Hendry building surveyors advise building owners of a trend by some local councils of 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 are able to detect illegal building works, change of occupancy or use, poorly maintained essential safety measures and dangerous buildings. Building notices will identify dangerous conditions in a building regardless of when the illegal buildings works were performed or when a change of occupancy or change of use has occurred. In most states, the owner will receive the building notice and is

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 – Emergency Plan 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 The client’s fire and evacuation plan (emergency plan) and evacuation signs/evacuation diagrams were outdated to the extent that they did not include recent alterations.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

Explanation: Essential Safety Measures: AESMR

VIC – Essential Property Services advises that maintenance requirements for essential safety measures over successive generations of Building Regulations have been almost non-existent until a major amendment occurred to the Victoria Building Regulations 1994 by the inclusion of Part 11 “Maintenance” with subsequent amendments. Current Situation Part 12 of the Building Regulations 2006, effective 13 June 2006 categorises all buildings (excluding houses or out buildings) as either Subdivision 1, Subdivision 2 or Subdivision 3 buildings for the purpose of maintaining essential safety measures.  This Part places obligations on the owner/ agent of a building to ensure “essential safety measures” are