Refrigerated Chambers, Strong-Rooms, Vaults

Building Code of Australia

The Building Code of Australia in clause G1.2 Refrigerated Chambers, Strong-Rooms and Vaults sets out specific criteria for the installation/ use of these in a building. For the requirements to apply the refrigerated chambers, strong-room or vault must be of a size sufficient for a person to enter. Refrigerated chambers, strong-rooms or vaults would be nominated by the building surveyor/ building certifier in the essential safety measures determination/ schedule.

The following illustration depicts access and emergency provisions for refrigerated chambers.

The following is a part extract of clause I1.1 for an Essential Safety Measure (as appeared in BCA 2013) known as refrigerated chambers, Strong-Rooms and Vaults:

Table I1.12 SAFETY MEASURES – OTHER MEASURES

Safety Measures BCA Provision for Determining Standard of Performance
Refrigerated chambers, strong-rooms and vaults G1.2

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Refrigerated Chambers

The essential safety measures auditor must be fully conversant with the provisions of clause G1.2 Refrigerated Chambers, Strong-Rooms and Vaults and ensure during the inspection process that any defects are noted in the building’s essential safety measures logbook to allow the signing of the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement, Annual Maintenance Statement and Annual Occupiers Statement.