AUST Hendry advises building owners and property professionals of the need to ensure that their consultants, contractors or tenants’ contractors know when ‘fire-rated wiring’ is installed.
This problem seems to arise when a tenant instigates a new fit out and finds out the existing cabling does not comply, usually without obtaining a building permit. A request for the building owner to upgrade the non-compliant cabling at their cost is then made, causing all stakeholders to study the lease conditions, sometimes heading into a legal confrontation.
A number of tenants can experience significant inconvenience through contractors installing incorrect cabling for essential safety measure items, when rewiring has had to occur in adjoining tenancy areas that are not associated with the tenant undertaking the works.
Fire rated cables are designed to continue functioning during a fire for a specified period of time. This allows for the safe fire evacuation of a building through the cabling’s ability to support essential safety measures such as smoke control measures, emergency lighting, occupant warning systems/SSIS systems and so forth. In essence, fire rated cables are required to be able to burn in a manner that ensures continuity of power to essential safety measures during a fire.