Performance solution reports or endorsement of proposed BCA non-compliances relating to fire safety systems

 

03 Jan 2021

 

Who can prepare performance solution reports or endorse proposed BCA non-compliances related to operational performance of relevant fire safety systems?

A person who is the subject of a competency certificate issued by a certifier may:

  1. prepare a performance solution report for a fire safety requirement (cl.130 or 144A of the EP&A Regulation), provided the person is a registered certifier-fire safety (previously C10), if required under cl.130(5) or 144A(3) of the EP&A Regulation.

  2. endorse a non-compliance with a specified provision of the BCA, relating to operational performance of a relevant fire safety system, involving minor modification or extension of that system (cl.164B of the EP&A Regulation).

 

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What is Regulated Work in NSW under the BDCA and BDCR

 

02 Jan 2021

 

Clause 64 of the Building and Development Certifiers Regulation 2020 (BDCR) states that - Certain registered certifiers may carry out certain regulated work.

(1) For the purposes of Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018 (BDCA) Section 55

  1. a registered certifier who holds an engineer electrical (previously C8 Certifier) class of registration may carry out regulated work comprising the endorsing of plans and specifications for relevant fire safety systems comprising a fire detection and alarm system, and

  2. a registered certifier who holds an engineer mechanical (previously C9 Certifier) class of registration may carry out regulated work comprising the endorsing of plans and specifications for relevant fire safety systems comprising a mechanically ducted smoke control system, and

  3. a registered certifier who holds a certifier hydraulic (building) [previously C14 Certifier] class of registration may carry out regulated work comprising the endorsing of plans and specifications for relevant fire safety systems comprising a hydraulic fire safety system.

Note: BDCA Section 55 of the Act provides that when this regulated work is carried out by a registered certifier it is certification work. The registered certifier must comply with all the requirements of the registered certifier's registration when carrying out this regulated work.

(2) In this clause - relevant fire safety system has the same meaning as in clause 136AA of the Planning Regulation.

 

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Fire Engineers can do 'Regulated Work'

 

01 Jan 2021

 

Clause 52 of Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018 (BDCA) defines the meaning of "regulated work" as:

  1. the carrying out of work as an accredited practitioner under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

  2. any other work declared by this or any other Act to be regulated work.

Recent clarification from the NSW Department of Fair Trading has confirmed that Fire Engineers can do 'regulated work' under Clause 64 of the Building and Development Certifiers Regulation 2020 (BDCR). Clause 64 authorises registered fire engineers to prepare a Performance Solution Report (previously Alternative Solution Report) under cl.130 or 144A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation as 'regulated work'.

 

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Updated Fire Safety Certifier Contract Information Sheet

 

27 Dec 2020

 

The mandatory information sheets for fire engineer certification contracts in NSW have been updated. The sheets now include a note where legislation requires a certifier's fees to be paid upfront. This applies to all Registered certifier-fire safety (previously C10 Fire Engineer) contracts.

 

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Certifiers Practice Standard (CPS) - Fire Engineering Works

 

27 Dec 2020

 

Under the Building Commissioner's Construct NSW reforms, the Certifiers Practice Standard (CPS) has been created to establish clear expectations for the certifier industry.

The CPS sets out the approach to be followed when undertaking certification work as public officials for residential apartment buildings. The CPS applies to all Registered certifier-fire safety (previously C10 Fire Engineer) in NSW as well.

It is important to note that combustible cladding cannot be considered "deemed to satisfy" when applying the concession, and that building fire safety should be assessed on individual building characteristics by a Registered Fire Safety Engineer

 

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Timber Framing Concessions for Class 2 and 3 Buildings

 

23 Dec 2020

 

The VBA Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has developed a Practice Note for timber framing concessions for Class 2 and 3 buildings under the Building Code of Australia (BCA)

The Practice Note addresses:

  • the interpretation of the concession contained in BCA Specification C1., Clauses 3.10 and 4.3;

  • the importance of the preconditions associated with the concession;

  • considerations when assessing the danger to life or property of existing buildings that may have used the concession; and

  • the VBA's approach to discipline involving misinterpretation of the concession


It is important to note that combustible cladding cannot be considered "deemed to satisfy" when applying the concession, and that building fire safety should be assessed on individual building characteristics by a Registered Fire Safety Engineer

 

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Rendered Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Wall Systems

 

21 Dec 2020

 

In response to mixed opinions on the fire behaviour and risks associated with rendered expanded polystyrene (EPS) wall systems, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) engaged the CSIRO to undertake a literature review on the fire safety of exterior insulation finish systems and insulated sandwich panels as external wall systems.

The literature review identified, amongst other things, the lack of testing or other evidence for the façade fire spread performance of EPS as is typically installed in Australia for buildings of Type A and B construction. The VBA subsequently engaged a full-scale façade test of a rendered EPS wall system to better inform industry.

An Industry Update published on the VBA website summarises the test findings and confirms the understanding that fire can rapidly spread, and that EPS poses a similar risk to 100% PE core aluminium composite panels. The update provides a useful reference for Fire Engineers in NSW, TAS, QLD, NT, SA and WA

 

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Disability Upgrades to Existing Public Train Stations and the Role of an Accredited C10 Fire Engineer Within

 

08 October 2020

 

By Joyce Van

 

The current Transport Access Program (TAP) is a NSW Government project to upgrade public train stations to meet the requirements of the federal Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (DSAPT). The Standards set out the minimum requirements for accessibility on public transport and ensure that people with disability have appropriate access to those public transport services.

 

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Security Considerations for the NSW Rail Infrastructure Network

 

08 October 2020

 

By Zachariah Reisch

 

As NSW becomes more interconnected and densely populated, its needs for transport infrastructure will continue to grow. With numerous road, rail and airport projects being funded in the coming years, many are concerned with the cost, efficacy, or political buying-power of such undertakings. Amidst the storms around these projects lies an issue often overlooked - with an exponentially complex transportation system being developed over the coming years, how should their designers and operators best approach the issue of security?

 

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Safety of Innovative Vehicles in Tunnels

 

08 October 2020

 

By Fathi Tarada of Mosen Global

 

Vehicle technology is evolving quickly, with autonomous cars now a reality, and with an increasing proportion of hybrid and electric vehicles on the road. Such innovation can bring many advantages in the management of traffic flow and the reduction of emissions. However, innovative vehicles can present significant risks to road users, particularly in tunnels. A good understanding of the sources of these risks, and how to mitigate them is essential for manufacturers, designers, tunnel owners and operators, as well as for the fire service.

 

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VIDEO | The Security Legal Framework in NSW

 

08 October 2020

 

By Original Article & scripting by Dr Maher Magrabi, Design by Irfan Khan, Voiceover by Zachariah Reisch

 

As a part of Lote's ongoing commitment to the dissemination of information that makes our industry smarter and safer, we have developed a new informational video regarding the legal framework of security in NSW. This short video provides an understanding of the requirements for those providing security services and is useful for anyone who engages with security consultants, or indeed security consultants themselves who may be unclear about licensing requirements and the risks of operating without the appropriate accreditations.

 

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Designed features can make cities safer, but getting it wrong can be plain frightening

 

06 September 2020

 

Through the effective implementation of security and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles, designers and planners make a variety of spaces safer and more accessible to their communities.

However, in some instances, implementation of security measures can go too far. 'Unfriendly architecture', designed to dissuade activities such as 'rough sleeping' or youth congregation can often be overused and create cold, uninviting spaces that alienate groups such as the homeless or young.

This article examines the phenomenon of security in public spaces and cases of its overuse.

 

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Fire Performance of Rendered External Walls and Cladding: Advisory note 2020.2.2

 

04 September 2020

 

For a building of Type A or B construction, C1.9(a)(i) specifies that elements of external walls, including their components, must be non-combustible. Components of external walls include:

  • Facade covering (e.g. render and external cladding)
  • Framing
  • Insulation

The impact of the above clause on render and textured paint is discussed further by the ABCB Advisory Note. when used as part of a DTS Solution for an external wall of a Type A or Type B building must be non-combustible.

 

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Cyber-crime during the Covid-19 Pandemic

 

04 September 2020

 

Due to the high demand for medical supplies and information globally as a result of COVID-19, many negative practices such as fraud and counterfeiting are drastically increasing.

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of this state of affairs to conduct activities including masquerading as legitimate donation sites to receive donations, sending fake medicine or medical supplies, and undermining sources of legitimate information.

INUCRI's Regional Coordinator Adil Radoini provides an ideal introductory video on the state of cybercrime during the pandemic, and what individuals and businesses should be aware of during this period.

 

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NSW Security Industry Act 1997 & Security Industry Regulation 2016 Reminder

 

01 September 2020

 

With reference to the NSW Security Industry Act 1997 and the Security Industry Regulation 2016, a reminder that accepting security 'consultation' from an unlicensed practitioner not only makes the advice offered unreliable but can also have major legal ramifications.

CPTED and Security Risk Assessment Reports (or the like) must be prepared by a Licensed Practitioner. A Licensed Security Consultant is required to hold a Class 2A Security License, and their organisation requires a Master Security License.

Use of an unlicensed 'consultant' in lieu of an accredited one carries a maximum penalty of AUD 11,000 for a Corporation (Security Industry Regulation 2016), and also voids any Professional Indemnity cover.

 

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NCC 2019 Amendment 1 is now in effect!

 

20 August 2020

 

Adopted on July 1, 2020, the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 Amendment 1 now has legal effect in each state and territory.

Major amendments include Performance Solutions, Fire Safety Verification Methods, aluminium composite panels, childhood centres, timber framing, anti-ponding boards. The next version of the NCC is scheduled to be adopted in 2022.

 

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Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) DBP Act

 

17 August 2020

 

The recently enacted Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) (DBP Act) and the Residential Apartment Buildings (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Act 2020 (NSW) (RAB Act) impose significant reforms for the construction industry.

The two Acts form part of the NSW Government's response to the Shergold-Weir the Building Confidence Report and the recent building defects identified at Opal Towers, Mascot Towers and the Sugar-cube Apartments.

Among the main conclusions of the Building Confidence Report was that the accountability of different parties involved in the construction process was unclear and there were insufficient controls on the accuracy of documentation, which made it difficult to ascertain whether the building complied with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

 

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National Registration Framework for Building Practitioners

 

16 August 2020

 

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) released a discussion paper on a draft National Registration Framework (NRF) intended for Building Practitioners. The discussion paper is open for public comment until August the 23rd.

Following an assessment of compliance and enforcement systems in the Australian construction industry authorized by the Building Minister's Forum (BMF), the resultant Building Confidence Report (BCR) made 24 recommendations to address the identified shortcomings in implementing the standards of the National Construction Code (NCC).

 

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The Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) is Now Mandatory in NSW

 

15 August 2020

 

As of July 1, 2020, FPA Australia has been approved by the Secretary of the Department of Customer Service as an accreditation authority for those under section 59 of the Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018.

FPAS practitioners who perform 'regulated work' under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EPAR) are now recognised.

With the exception of C8 (electrical engineers) or C14 (hydraulic certifier - buildings) holders, practitioners will require an accreditation number to perform these roles

 

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Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) is now mandatory in NSW

 

02 July 2020

 

The Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) has now been formally approved under section 59 of the Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018. To learn more, see the following article by FPA Australia.

 

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NCC 2019 Amendment 1 is now in effect

 

01 July 2020

 

From today, 1 July 2020, the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 Amendment 1 has been adopted. To read about the key changes and learn more, see the following article by ABCB.

 

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Fire Safety and Security imperatives in light of the new Aged Care Quality Standards

 

01 July 2020: Article by Zachariah Reisch

 

The past few months have seen an already teetering Australian aged care industry go from bad to worse as many RACFs were the site of deadly outbreaks - and given the negligence turned up in light of these outbreaks, it appears regulatory bodies have a long way to go before the industry is at an acceptable standard. This article explores the current state of Australian aged care in July 2020 and outlines a path forward that allows construction industry specialists to benefit from the work in this sector while also healing its broken core in the process.

 

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Fire Brigade Intervention Model Manual

 

30 June 2020

 

With the Fire Safety Verification Method coming into effect 1 May 2020, the Fire Brigade Intervention Model (FBIM) is now referenced in the National Construction Code. The model ensures the safety of building occupants, including firefighters who enter the building in response to a fire.

AFAC has updated its Fire Brigade Intervention Model Manual to reflect these changes. The manual supports the consideration of firefighter intervention into building design.

 

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Fire Safety in Data Centres

 

27 June 2020: Article by Christopher Koch

 

The reliance on cloud-based data storage and increasing demand for supplying energy from alternative sources has seen a dramatic increase in the use of Lithium-Ion battery based Energy Storage Systems (ESS). One common application for ESS are data centres to help cater for the increased demand for cloud-based data storage. One of the fundamental requirements of a cloud-based data centre is business continuity via zero downtime requirements. ESS are mandatory, to provide continuous data centre operation during a power outage. Lithium-Ion based ESS are prone to thermal runaway leading to the production of flammable gases and subsequent uncontrollable combustion. The additional ESS fire risks are not readily covered by the Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) provisions of the Building Code of Australia (BCA), Furthermore, ESS trigger the application of BCA Clause E1.10 - Provision for Special Hazards which prescribes that additional provision must be made if special problems of fighting fire could arise because of the nature or quantity of materials stored, displayed or used in a building or on the allotment; or the location of the building in relation to a water supply for fire-fighting purposes.

 

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Securing a Data Centre: Why a Specialist Security Approach is a Project Imperative

 

26 June 2020: Article by Dr.Maher Magrabi

 

Data centre security can be defined as the operational practices and technologies that are employed to safeguard the data centre from external threats and vulnerabilities. The growth of Cloud Computing, Software as a Service, and Platforms as a Service has driven the growth of physical data centres. Being a physical asset, on-shore data centres are also a critical component in national infrastructure. Data centres are the physical facility that houses Information Technology (IT) infrastructure comprising computing, storage, networking, and power resources. As these data centres store sensitive and/or proprietary information that may include customer data and valuable intellectual property, cyber and physical security is paramount to its operation. This article will focus on the physical elements of data centre security.

 

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New Duty of Care could Affect your Liability

 

23 June 2020

 

If you carry out construction work in NSW you need to be aware of new laws that could affect your liability for defective building work.

 

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Adoption of AS 4859.1:2018 ahead of Transition Deadline

 

20 June 2020

 

Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Prone areas: AS3959:2018 Amdt 2, Draft for Comment.

 

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Adoption of AS 4859.1:2018 ahead of Transition Deadline

 

15 June 2020

 

The NCC 2019 adopted Technical Specification FPA101D ? the design for a residential sprinkler system as a deemed to satisfy solution to provide sprinkler protection to Class 2 or 3 buildings with an effective height of not more than 25m and a rise in storeys of four or more. Sydney Water has announcement its acceptance of FPAA101D.

 

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Adoption of AS 4859.1:2018 ahead of Transition Deadline

 

13 June 2020

 

The old insulation standard AS 4859.1:2002 has been replaced with the updated standard AS 4859.1:2018 since the 1st May 2020 transition deadline. The updated standard includes amendments to the way in which rigid foam insulation is aged tested and statistically averaged, the outcome of which is typically a derating of most insulations' R-Value, depending on the thickness, type and chemical composition of the insulation in question.

 

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NSW Government delivers Historic Building Reforms to restore Industry Confidence

 

10 June 2020

 

The NSW Government has delivered on its promise to restore public confidence in the building industry by successfully passing the Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2019.

 

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AAC Member alert: Passage of Design and Building Practitioners Bill

 

08 June 2020

 

The NSW Parliament passed the Design and Building Practitioners Bill.

The Bill requires any design, principal design or building practitioner who intends on making a compliance declaration to be registered under a new registration scheme.

This is a win for consumers, a win for every building practitioner who wants their industry cleaned up and a win for our advocacy efforts.

 

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Registration of Engineers: NSW Parliament passed the Design and Building Practitioners Bill

 

03 June 2020

 

The NSW Parliament passed the Design and Building Practitioners Bill, introducing registration for engineers to commence on 1 July 2021.

The new Bill (which will become an Act upon assent by the Governor) introduces a requirement for professional engineers to be registered to practise without supervision. It will initially apply to five areas of practise: civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and fire safety engineering (more areas of practise can be added through regulation). Although the registration requirements are contained within a law for 'building practitioners', they will apply to engineers working in any sector.

The next step is for the Regulations that support the Act to be developed. Engineers Australia expects that process to begin in the coming months. Members will be encouraged to support Engineers Australia in this process so please look out for communications from Engineers Australia over the rest of 2020.

 

Press Release by EA-CEO

 

 


 

NCC 2019 Amendment 1 Proposed Changes Update

 

01 June 2020

 

The ABCB will include the definition of building complexity and the process for documenting Performance Solutions in NCC 2019 Amendment 1.

 

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CPTED Strategies to Maximize the Security of Critical Infrastructure

 

29 May 2020

 

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, there has been a long-standing crime problem. However, the neighborhood of Asa Branca is succeeding in maintaining a peaceful community, free of police interventions. The community has come together to create a community using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Thus far, the program, championed by community members themselves, has been a success in an otherwise risky environment.

 

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Permanent Formwork: Expired Sunset provisions from NCC 2016 and implications for your project

 

27 May 2020

 

When a permanent formwork system is filled with concrete, the formwork material remains and acts as a permanent lining to the wall. The lining material varies between different types of systems but typically consists of either a polymer (such as Dincel) or fibre-cement. When used in a building these linings must comply with the 'Wall and ceiling linings' section of the National Construction Code (NCC), which can be found under specification C1.10. In editions of the NCC prior to 2016, compliance of a wall/ceiling lining material could be determined by either testing in accordance with AS ISO 9705 or AS/NZS 3837 (i.e. two alternative and equal procedures were allowed). However, since 2016 a new standard, AS 5637.1, is required to be complied with by the NCC instead.

 

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Wayfinding Monitored Addressable Emergency Lighting System

 

15 May 2020

 

Efficient evacuation in an emergency can be constrained by the complex nature of the buildings and the occupants within.


Although emergency signage systems are widely used as a well-established means of facilitating evacuation, research demonstrates that only 38% of people 'see' conventional static emergency signage in simulated emergency situations. Besides, conventional signage only conveys single and passive information; therefore, they cannot be adapted to respond to developing evacuation situations and events.

 

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Threat Update: COVID-19 Malicious Cyber Activity

 

20 Apr 2020

 

This update by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is designed to raise awareness of increasing COVID-19 themed malicious cyber activity and provide practical cyber security advice that organisations and individuals can follow to reduce the risk of being impacted.

 

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Fire Safety & Security services in the NSW Building Industry: Legal context and application

 

20 Apr 2020

 

The planning system in New South Wales (NSW) includes building regulation and certification. A key part of this is sustainable development and ensuring that buildings are safe and meet all the performance expectations, both at the time of construction and throughout their effective life cycle.

 

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Building and Construction Industry: Minimising the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19

 

18 Apr 2020

 

The number of workers on a construction project can vary significantly between projects and from day to day. Where workers work closely together it increases the risk of exposure to COVID-19. You must therefore do everything that is reasonably practicable to keep workers a safe physical distance apart of at least 1.5 metres while they are onsite. Check out this publication from Safe Work Australia (SWA) for a more comprehensive list of measures.

 

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Preparing for a Pandemic: Review Business Continuity Plans Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

 

18 Apr 2020

 

Organizations worldwide have been reacting to the recent coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19, in a variety of ways, from restricting nonessential employee travel to cancelling large events. The possibility of a pandemic has the potential to disrupt workforces, supply chains and economic activity in the months ahead. So, it is with a sense of urgency that prudent organizations review and update their business continuity plans to insure their operational resiliency. To learn more, see this article by the Risk Management Monitor.

 

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Working from Home Checklist

 

18 Apr 2020

 

Has your business transitioned into a 'working from home' model? Be sure to check out the following checklist of considerations for short-term working from home arrangements by Comcare. Please note, the following considerations should be seen as minimum requirements only. Employers may have more detailed working from home guidance in their organisations that should be used in conjunction with this checklist.

 

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GLACIAL PROGRESS: Minister Under Fire Over Flammable Cladding Crisis

 

24 Mar 2020

 

NSW Cabinet is still considering how the state should handle the flammable cladding crisis more than six months after receiving advice from the building commissioner, leading to accusations the government is making "glacial progress" to fix serious risks.

 

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FPAA101D and FPAA101H Systems Demystified

 

24 Mar 2020

 

One of the most substantive changes in the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 Volume One was the introduction of mandatory sprinklers requirements for Class 2 & 3 buildings that has a rise in storey of 4 storey or more with an effective height of not more than 25m.This Housing Industry Association (HIA) information sheet provides an overview of the changes including the offsets and the new sprinkler standards.

 

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New Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) Regulations in NSW

 

24 Mar 2020

 

The NSW Government has introduced reforms to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation which introduced enhanced requirements relating to fire safety in existing buildings. Part of this was the introduction of Competent Fire Safety Practitioner (CFSP) accreditation. Over the past few years there has been a transition to accreditation of CFSP and this will now come into effect 6th April 2020.

Fire Protection Association of Australia (FPAA):

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Association of Accredited Certifiers (AAC)-Competant Fire Safety Practioner Information:

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Building Code of Australia Out of Cycle Amendment

 

24 Mar 2020

 

The Building Code of Australia is being amended out of cycle, with BCA 2019 Amendment 1 expected to be implemented in mid-2020. The preview of the amended NCC is expected to be available this month. Key amendments to the BCA are proposed as follows:

  • Additional provisions relating the early childhood centres in high-rise building
  • Introduction of a defined term for 'building complexity'. The implication of the building complexity term is still to be released, however it is anticipated that additional requirements will be put in place for buildings of a higher complexity level.
  • Clarification of concessions for low rise Class 2 and 3 buildings
  • Adoption of a Technical Specification relating to the permanent labelling to ACP's

In addition, the ABCB is looking to mandate the method of development of performance solutions, which is currently documented in their document 'Development of Performance Solutions'. This is currently open for public comment, and the provisions surrounding this will not be finalised in the preview issued this month

 

To review the ABCB's Development of Performance Solutions

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Building and Development Certifiers Act and Regulation

 

24 Mar 2020

 

The Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018 and Regulation 2020 have been finalised and will come into effect on the 1st of July 2020. This legislation will replace the Building Professionals Act and Regulation currently in force. Items covered by the legislation include accreditation of certifiers, requirements for insurance and conflict of interest provisions.

For people considered as 'competent fire safety practitioners' under previous legislation, they will continue to be considered as a competent fire safety practitioner for as long as they previously would have been recognised under previous legislation up to 5 years.

This legislation also contains accreditation provisions for professionals undertaking regulated work.

The new Act and Regulations can be viewed here:

 

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Building and Development Certifiers Legislation 2020

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FRNSW Position Statement Security/screen doors on sole-occupancy units (SOUs)

 

10 Mar 2020

 

Security/screen doors fitted to sole-occupancy units (SOUs): The fitting of security or screen doors to the main fire door of a unit is a matter to be determined by the appropriate regulatory authority (e.g. Council) or certifier.

However, FRNSW recommends against the fitting of security or screen doors to SOUs due to the increased likelihood of the main fire door of the unit being propped open, corridor egress being impeded by an open security/screen door, and the fire rating of the door frame being compromised from any modification when fitting any additional security or screen door.

 

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FRNSW Position Statement Fixed Suction for below ground Water Supply

 

10 Mar 2020

 

FRNSW have published a new Position Statement for fixed suction for below ground water supply.

The design of any fixed suction provided for a fire brigade pumping appliance to draught from a below ground water supply is to satisfy Clause 4.4 of Australian Standard AS 2419.1-2017. The maximum length of dry pipe between lowest section water level and large bore suction connection is not to exceed 2.8 m due to the limitations of the primer on the fire brigade pumping appliance.

Note: The primer is used during draughting operations to remove air from the fixed suction pipework and semi rigid suction hose that is connected to the large bore suction connection.

 

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FRNSW Position Statement External Combustible Cladding

 

09 Mar 2020

 

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) will consider cladding risk assessment principles when being asked to provide advice in respect of buildings that have external combustible cladding ("Cladding").

 

Refer to FRNSW Position Statement on External Combustible Cladding (in the URL below) for further information.

 

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FRNSW Guideline Fire Hydrant Concessions for Existing Buildings

 

09 Mar 2020

 

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has recently published the Guidelines for Fire hydrant concessions for existing buildings for consent authorities (i.e. Councils) issuing Development Control Orders on existing buildings.

 

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Aged Care Quality Standards (ACQS) - What does this mean for Fire Safety and Security?

 

08 Mar 2020

 

The 2019 Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has sadly told an unflattering tale; an excerpt from the media release on 31st October 2019 labels the state of the service as "a shocking tale of neglect", and states that the sector "does not deliver uniformly safe and quality care, is unkind and uncaring towards older people and, in too many instances, it neglects them".

 

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SFS Submission for the BCA 2022 Fire Safety Performance Requirements

 

08 Mar 2020

 

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) has been an evolving document since first introduced as a performance-based code in 1996. Over a number of years, the BCA Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) Provisions have continually changed, and changes to the BCA Performance Requirements have also occurred. As part of the latter changes, the Engineers Australia Society Fire Safety (SFS) has been tasked with the goal to quantify or set a clear, measurable level of performance for the BCA. To achieve this goal, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has given direction for National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 that the BCA Performance Requirements are to be quantified.

 

Read the report to see their findings on the quantification of the performance requirements:

 

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IEAust SFS Fire Safety Verification Methods Report

 

07 Mar 2020

 

Engineers Australia has published a report evaluating the Fire Safety Verification Method (FSVM) which will become a formal part of the NCC in May 2020. The FSVM is starting to be required by government agencies at an increasing rate, and thus is likely to have significant impact on the way fire engineering is practiced.

 

Check out this report which thoroughly investigates the FSVM and associated handbook to identify the benefits and disbenefits of employing this approach:

 

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FRNSW Guideline Fire Safety in Waste Facilities

 

05 Mar 2020

 

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has recently published a revision to the Fire Safety in Waste Facilities: Version 02.02 to incorporate minor changes from the updated Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 references.

 

 

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False fire alarms cost taxpayers $100 million a year

 

01 Mar 2020

 

False alarms cost more than $100 million last year because 97 per cent of calls made to firefighters by NSW automatic alarm systems are mistakes triggered by non-emergencies such as burnt toast and steam.

 

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New Guidelines - Occupation Certificates and Written Direction Notices - NSW

 

04 Jan 2020

 

As 1 December 2019, new provisions in Part 6 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A) have commenced including new provisions for Occupation Certificates (OC) and Written Directions Notices (Directions). This includes the removal of the term "interim OC" from the EP&A Act.

 

Two links provided below will give you more information:

 

New Guidelines Part-6 Provisions

 


 

Challenges to Law Enforcement when dealing with Cybercrime - Dr Maher Magrabi

 

02 Jan 2020

 

Governments across the world are struggling to keep up with the growing threat of cybercrime and the evolving techniques used by its practitioners. The Australian law enforcement in particular, is struggling to respond to the transnational nature of cybercrime, the evolution of technologies in encryption and the widespread distribution of computing and cloud computing.

 

Check out this article which details these issues and proposes a way forward by clicking link below:

 

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Approved bushfire bunkers?

 

02 Jan 2020

 

Every year Australians are surprised by the ferocity of bushfires and shattered when their properties are destroyed. We need to plan appropriately for living in bushfire-prone areas because, as the current crisis demonstrates, they are only becoming more devastating.

Property protection measures should include mandatory installation of rooftop sprinkler systems, use of fire-resistant housing materials, appropriate housing design and more rigorous management of the local combustible environment.

 

Could approved bushfire bunkers be a solution?

 

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