The Building Code of Australia nominates in Part C3 Protection of Openings the installation of fire shutters in certain situations for issuing of building approvals/construction certificates/building permits by building surveyors/building certifiers. Fire 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 fire shutters’ existence in a building and their location for fire safety compliance.
Building Code of Australia
Fire 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 shutters to comply with Specification C3.4.
Specification C3.4 in clause 4 Fire Shutters sets out the design construction and installation requirements of fire shutters under the building regulations.
The following photographs depict fire shutters installed in buildings.