AUST – HENDRY building surveyors report that a number of clients misunderstand the term ‘fire wall’ used in the Building Code of Australia when nominated in a BCA Audit. This leads to wrong interpretations and the use of the wrong words in correspondence containing Building Code of Australia terminology. The following is a brief explanation of the term fire wall.
Building Code of Australia
A building surveyor’s basis of understanding the term fire wall comes from a number of clauses in the Building Code of Australia, part extracts follows:
PART A1 – Building Code of Australia
Fire wall means a wall with an appropriate resistance to the spread of fire that divides a storey or building into fire compartments.
PART C2 – Building Code of Australia
COMPARTMENTATION AND SEPARATION
C2.7 Separation by fire walls
(a) Construction — A fire wall must be constructed in accordance with the following:
C2.8 Separation of classifications in the same storey
If a building has parts of different classifications located alongside one another in the same storey—
(b) the parts must be separated in that storey by a fire wall having—
A fire wall is not simply any wall having a fire-resistance level (FRL). The purpose of fire walls in the Building Code of Australia are:
- To separate different classifications; or
- To compartment buildings having large floor areas; or
- So that for the purpose of the Building Code of Australia each part can be regarded as a separate building as per Clause C2.7 Separation by fire walls
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