Residential Strata

Residential strata fire compliance is strictly governed by the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA) and requires annual inspections and accredited certification. Moreover, various compliance requirements for each building category are defined by the National Construction Code (NCC), formerly known as the Building Code Australia (BCA).

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Fire safety and property compliance

Fire safety and property compliance must be a key focus for every strata owner and manager. Under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 and the Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018, all commercial property owners also have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of residents, tenants, staff and visitors.

As a strata owner or manager, you must maintain essential fire prevention measures as outlined in the legislation and under the Australian Standards AS1851-2021 and local council requirements. You must also meet all compliance requirements, including Annual Fire Safety Statements.

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Building code compliance

The Australian Building Codes Board recently issued the new NCC 2022, which Australian states and territories will adopt on 1 May 2023.

The NCC code will replace the BCA, and is a complex amendment to the previous BCA. The entire structure and format have changed and significantly influence fire protection compliance.

The new NCC 2022 code is Australia’s primary set of technical design and construction provisions for buildings. It sets the minimum requirement for the safety, health, amenity, accessibility and sustainability of certain buildings.

Strate buildings require expert consultation to understand their characteristics and whether fire safety statements from a Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA)-accredited practitioner are necessary.

Specialists in strata fire safety

DEM Fire specialises in best practice fire prevention, and whilst we design, test, install, maintain and endorse all fire protection measures as part of our holistic solutions, it is also vital that you understand a strata owner or strata manager’s fire safety responsibilities.

In addition to the framework that governs fire safety in Australia, constant updates and legislative changes happen all the time. In the past year, there have been changes to the NCC, PFAS fire-fighting foam compliance and using AFFF (aqueous film-forming foam) in fire suppression equipment.

Talk to the experts

A myriad of rules and regulations govern residential strata fire safety in Australia. Talk to the fire safety experts and contact our team today.

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