Fire Safety and Engineering Services

Overview

A broad range of Fire Safety and Fire Engineering consulting services are available through Greencap that deliver cost effective and practical management strategies for property owners and managers. They include:

Essential Safety Measures Audits

Fire Safety/BCA Compliance Audits

Fire System Interface testing

Fire Design Survey

Fire Engineering Reviews

 

Essential Safety Measures Audits

Essential Safety Measures (ESM) installed in buildings must be maintained adequately so they can operate as intended in the event of a fire. This provides the base level of prevention and mitigation measures for the protection of the occupants and property in the event of a fire emergency.

An ESM Audit will enable organisations to determine the level of ESM compliance against the Australian Standard Maintenance Standards (eg AS2293.2, AS1851).

Any non compliances identified in the ESM Audit can then be rectified – allowing the organisation to confidently ‘sign off’ on the annual certificate (report), to show that ESM installed within a building will perform as originally intended.

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Fire Safety/BCA Compliance Audits

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) details the physical aspects required in a building depending on the type of occupancy.

The Building Code of Australia Compliance Audit will assess the adequacy of the Essential Safety Measures installed against the requirements of the BCA.

Fire Safety Audits also take into account the BCA requirements in terms of a benchmark, and identify site specific concerns which may not be detailed in the code.

These types of audits will identify any non-compliances or specific fire safety risk issues allowing the organisation to rectify these issues in order to achieve compliance with the requirements of the BCA or reduce the risks on site.

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Fire System Interface Testing

Fire System Interface Testing (SIT) is a new requirement in Australian Standard AS1851-2005 and AS1851-2012: Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment where interconnected fire systems are required to be tested annually. The annual test addresses fire protection systems that interface with other systems to permit fire protection systems to function in accordance with their design intention.

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Fire Design Survey

The Australian Standard AS1851-2005 and AS1851-2012: Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment requires an annual survey to be conducted for specific fire protection systems (eg extinguishers, smoke control systems, occupant warning systems, etc). A Fire Design Survey assesses whether the fire protection systems performance capability has been degraded by building or occupancy changes, which could otherwise adversely affect the capability of the system to perform as originally intended. This Survey involves a visual inspection to identify if fire protection systems, or equipment, have been altered, damaged or compromised.

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The Survey is a checking mechanism to identify if the fire protection equipment or systems installed comply with requirements of AS1851-2005 and AS1851-2012, a Fire Design Survey must be conducted for the majority of fire protection systems installed.

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In order to conduct a Fire Design Survey in accordance with Australian Standard AS1851-2005 and AS1851-2012, we will:

 

Fire Engineering Reviews

Sometimes it may be necessary to design/develop an alternative fire protection system or interface than that traditionally adopted by the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

Fire-Engineered (Alternative) Solutions should be reviewed by an independent group in order to provide assurance that all the conditions of the design criteria have been met. In many cases, Building Surveyors also suggest that Fire-Engineered (Alternative) Solutions go through a ‘peer’ review process by an independent group.

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