Fire Rated Shafts

Fire rated shafts is a term used in previous building regulations that is still applicable today. Although the Building Code of Australia now redefines this term into a number of specific building elements. Building surveyors/building certifiers have nominated fire rated shafts as an essential safety measure in their essential safety measures determination/schedule.

Building Code of Australia

The Building Code of Australia criteria for the fire-rating of the members of fire rated shafts are covered by various regulations.

For specific details on installation and maintenance of fire rated shafts link to:

  • Fire isolated lift shafts are fire rated shafts
  • Fire isolated stairs are fire rated shafts
  • Fire resisting structures can be fire rated shafts

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Fire Rated Shafts

An essential safety measures auditor must understand and be aware of the implications of all building elements for fire safety comliance that required a fire resistance level that supports fire rated shafts and are part of a fire-resisting shaft. All defects in fire rated shafts should be recorded in the building’s essential safety measures logbook to allow signing the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.