AUST – Essential Property Services advises building owners, practitioners and managers that a building which has been issued with an Occupancy Permit, Schedule/ Determination or Certificate of Final Inspection that requires maintenance of essential safety measures to AS 1851-2005 needs specific attention.

The essential safety measures required to be maintained can be divided into two general areas known as active (fire services) and passive (fire rated structures).

For the passive fire and smoke containment systems, Section 17 of AS 1851-2005 applies.  In order to comply with Section 17, a survey of the building is required to create marked plan drawings (As Built Drawings) with associated penetration schedules.

We recommend that a visual inspection and survey of the building be undertaken to identify fire and smoke containment elements to be included in as built drawings such as:

  • Fire and smoke barriers such as walls floors, ceilings and bulkheads.
  • Structural fire resistant elements such as beams, columns, etc.
  • Fire doors and smoke doors
  • Fire shutters
  • Fire rated glazing
  • Access panels and ceiling hatches in fire rated elements
  • Ducts and dampers
  • Fire service penetrations and control joints

As built drawings are required to be marked to identify or locate the relevant fire and smoke containment systems/ structural elements and the associated fire resistance level (FRL) requirements.

A penetration schedule (penetrations in fire resisting structures) is required to be created to identify the associated FRL requirements and penetrations through fire/ smoke containment systems that correspond with the plans.

A service label must also be affixed adjacent to each penetration or control joint.

Once the above as built drawings documentation has been created, the information must be validated every 6 months whilst undertaking ongoing maintenance inspections in line with any approval documents.  Any variations to the building will require the as built drawings to be updated and amended accordingly.

HENDRY building surveyors have extensive experience in the building and property sector primarily as building surveyors and can offer this service to any building owner and building manager in charge of maintaining building maintenance compliance.