Fire Protection at Service Penetrations

The Building Code of Australia requires fire protection at service penetrations to be fire protected. Penetrations through elements requiring a fire resistance level (i.e. fire walls, floors, shafts, ceilings) must maintain the integrity of the building element requiring that fire-resisting level. All fire protection at service penetrations would be nominated by the building surveyors/ building certifiers in the essential safety measures determination/ schedule.

Building Code of Australia

Part C3 Protection of Openings, in clauses C3.12 Openings in floors and ceilings for services, C3.13 Openings in shafts and C3.15 Openings for service installations specify the criteria required to ensure fire protection at service penetrations is complied with, when seeking under the building regulations a building permit/building approval. A building’s service penetrations though a fire or smoke resisting structures should be fire stopped with the appropriated tested material.

The following illustration depicts components for the protection of fire protection at service penetrations.

The following is a part extract from clause I1.1 for an Essential Safety Measure (as appeared in BCA 2013) known as fire protection at service penetrations:

Table I1.1 SAFETY MEASURES – BUILDING FIRE INTEGRITY

Safety Measures BCA Provision for Determining Standard of Performance
Fire protection at service penetrations through elements required to be fire-resisting with respect to integrity or insulation, or to have a resistance to the incipient spread of fire C3.12, C3.13, C3.15

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Fire Protection at Service Penetrations

An Essential Safety Measures auditor for fire safety compliance must be aware of the fire stopping products on the market and ensure during the inspection process of fire protection at service penetrations that any deficiencies are nominated in the building’s essential safety measures logbook. A number of building surveyors/ certifiers nominate Part 17 of AS 1851-2005 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment as the requirements for compliance for this essential safety measures in inspecting fire protection at service penetrations, to allow signing of the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate of Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.