Fire Rated Shutters
The Building Code of Australia nominates in Part C3 Protection of Openings the installation of fire rated shutters in certain situations for the issuing of building permits/building approvals by building surveyors/building certifiers. Fire rated shutters are nominated as an essential safety measure upon completion of the building works. It is important for an essential safety measures auditor to be aware of the existence of fire rated shutters in a building and its location for fire safety compliance.
Building Code of Australia
Fire rated Shutters are installed in a building to ensure the protection of openings are maintained by ensuring the integrity of fire separation and compartmentisation within a building. BCA clause C3.4 Acceptable Methods of Protection requires fire rated shutters to comply with Specification C3.4.
Specification C3.4 in clause 4 Fire Rated Shutters sets out the design construction and installation requirements of fire rated shutters under the building regulations.
The following photographs depict fire rated shutters installed in buildings.