Fire Protective Covering

Fire protective covering (fire rated materials applied to buildings) is a term used in previous building regulations that is still applicable today for existing buildings for building permit/ building approval. Fire protective covering at the time would have been nominated in the essential safety measures determination/ schedule by the building surveyor/ building certifier.

Building Code of Australia

The current Building Code of Australia uses different terms to nominate the same building elements deemed to be fire protective covering. A fire protective covering is required to be constructed identical to the test it was approved under in AS 1530.4-2005 Methods for fire tests on building materials, components and structures – Fire-resistance test of elements of construction.

In specification A2.3 Fire Resistance of Building Elements is Table 1 which contains certain building elements deemed to achieve a specific fire resistance level (fire protective covering). A part extract of Table 1 follows:

Table 1 FRLs DEEMED TO BE ACHIEVED BY CETAIN BUILDING ELEMENT

Building Element Minimum Thickness Annexure Reference
Wall 60/60/90 Clause
Masonry – Ashlar —– 300 1, 2, 5, 6

The following is a part extract of clause I1.1 for an Essential Safety Measure (as appeared in BCA 2013) known as as fire protective covering:

Table I1.2 SAFETY MEASURES – BUILDING FIRE INTEGRITY

Safety Measures BCA Provision for Determining Standard of Performance
Building elements required to satisfy prescribed fire-resistance levels Section C

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Fire Protective Covering

An essential safety measures auditor must understand and be aware of the implications of all fire protective covering (fire-rated materials applied to buildings) in a building that requires a fire-resistance level to ensure fire safety compliance. Not all fire protective covering is obvious, and not all have been nominated in previous essential safety measures determinations/ schedule essential safety provisions. All fire protective covering defects must be recorded in the essential safety measures logbook under the building regulations to allow signing of the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate of Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.