AUST – Essential Property Services advises that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) allows a wall-wetting sprinkler system (essential safety measures) to be installed to provide fire protection to walls or openings in a wall in the event of a fire. A wall-wetting sprinkler system can be used internally or externally and would be nominated as an essential safety measure by the building surveyor/ certifier.
Building Code of Australia
Part G3 ‘Protection of Openings’, clause C3.4 ‘Acceptable methods of protection’, nominates the use of wall-wetting sprinklers. No specific Australian Standard is referenced in the BCA relative to the installation of a wall-wetting sprinkler system. Building surveyors require designers to refer to AS 2118.2-2010 ‘Automatic fire sprinkler systems – Drencher systems’ for guidance.
The following part extract from clause I1.1 Safety Measures covers wall-wetting sprinklers:
Table I1.1 SAFETY MEASURES – FIRE FIGHTING SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT
|Safety measure||BCA provisions for determining standard of performance|
|Wall-wetting sprinklers (including doors and windows required in conjunction with wall wetting sprinklers)||C3.4, C3.8, C3.11
D1.7, D1.8, G3.8
Essential Safety Measures Audit
An essential safety measures schedule/ determination will nominate a wall-wetting sprinkler system as an essential safety measure. An auditor should check the system and report any deficiencies in the building’s essential safety measures logbook.
Building Legislation Table
Refer to our Building Legislation table for further information on the building control process.