Building Code of Australia

Sliding Fire Door - Is signage required?

A sliding fire door can be a danger to the public when closing. As a result, the Building Code of Australia ("BCA") sets out the Deemed-to-Satisfy ("DtS") requirements that state;

C3.6 Sliding fire doors

  1. If a doorway in a fire wall is fitted with a sliding fire door which is open when the building is in use—

Is an air-conditioning system an safety measure?

Once again the question "is an air-conditioning system an essential safety measure?" has popped up and I thought I would take a fresh look at what I have written on air-conditioning systems in the past.

To kick things off, here is the question I received from an industry professional (Julie)...

On Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 10:40 AM, Julie wrote:

If you install, modify or remove ANY ESMs you need a building permit.

Logically, if you don’t need a BP for an A/C package unit then it could not possibly be an ESM

Also if its not hooked into the fire services then its not an ESM

Can you please confirm ?


Julie | Division Manager

Alternative Solution vs. alternate solution

Recently I was talking to a fellow professional in the building industry who was lamenting the fact that all too often, people confuse the defined term Alternative Solution with the incorrect term "alternate solution".

In the Building Code of Australia, the defined term Alternative Solution means a Building Solution which complies with the Performance Requirements other than by reason of satisfying the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions.

BCA2011 - Evidence of Suitability of Materials (Fire Safety)

Recently I have found myself in the middle of a discussion between zealots over the evidence of suitability requirements found in the Building Code of Australia.

The issue between the zealots surrounds the relevancy of the the CSIRO ActivFire® Scheme given the removal of the reference to the scheme in clause A2.2 (A) (v) from the BCA from 2008.

Can I enclose an existing fire panel behind a door?

This week seems to be full of questions which have needed a bit of research in order for me to respond... Here is the hot question today...

Hi Russ,

I have an existing building with a fire panel, connected to the fire brigade and an emergency warning & Intercommunication system (EWIS) located in the foyer on the ground floor. The panels are hidden behind a set of labelled bi-fold doors.

We would like to enclose this space for use as a small office and keep the fire panels in the same location.

What codes and standards apply and can this be achieved?