Fire Resisting Shafts

Fire resisting 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 resisting 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 resisting shafts are covered by various regulations.

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

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

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Fire Resisting Shafts

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