Building Occupant Warning System
The Building Code of Australia specifies a building occupant warning system to be provided when the BCA requires a smoke hazard management system to be installed in the building. The building occupant warning system must be capable of alerting all occupants in all parts of the building to evacuate the building in an emergency. A building surveyor/ building certifier would nominate the building occupant warning system as an essential safety measure in under each state’s building legislation.
Building Code of Australia
The Building Code of Australia in clause 8 of Specification E1.5 specifies that a required sprinkler system installed in a building must be connected to and be able to activate the building occupant warning system under a building permit.
The building occupant warning system must be installed in accordance with:
- AS 1670.1-2004 Fire detection, warning, control and intercom systems – System design, installation and commissioning – Fire
- AS1670.4-2004 Fire detection, warning, control and intercom systems – System design, installation and commissioning – Sound systems and intercom systems for emergency purposes
- AS 1259.1-1990 Acoustics – Sound level meters – Non-integrating
The following photographs depict the building occupant warning system installed in a building.