BCA Part D1: Provision for Escape: D1.2: Egress Class 9a Ward Areas: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors raise the question for a patient-care area of less than 1000m2 (under the Building Code of Australia) how should egress work under provision for escape? At least two exits are required from a storey that includes a patient care area. In addition, each area that has been divided into fire compartment under BCA C2.2 or… Read more

BCA Part D1: D1.10: Discharge From Exits: External Stairs: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia under ‘discharge from exits’ in clause Building Code of Australia D1.10 (c) (ii) requires handrails to be provided to at least one side of an external stair (open to the sky) at ground level that is used as an exit where discharge from a building occurs to open… Read more

BCA Part E4: AS 2293.11-2005: Exit Signs: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia under Part E4 emergency lighting, exit signs and warning systems requires the installation (location) of exit signs to be in accordance with AS 2293.1-2005 ‘Emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings – System design, installation and operation’. Too often exit signs are installed incorrectly, subsequently altered without… Read more

BCA: Part D2: Internal Illegal Stairs: Construction of Exits: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advises that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part D2 Construction of Exits sets out specific requirements for handrails, going and risers and thresholds. Construction of an internal stair without the necessary statutory building permit (building approval) runs many risks for the building owner and tenant. Building Compliance System Through the various types of inspections (such as essential safety measures, BCA audits, due… Read more

BCA Part D1: Provision for Escape: D1.2: Egress Class 9a Ward Areas: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors raise the question for a patient-care area of less than 1000m2 (under the Building Code of Australia) how should egress work under provision for escape? At least two exits are required from a storey that includes a patient care area. In addition, each area that has been divided into fire compartment under BCA C2.2 or… Read more

BCA Part D1: D1.10: Discharge From Exits: External Stairs: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia under ‘discharge from exits’ in clause Building Code of Australia D1.10 (c) (ii) requires handrails to be provided to at least one side of an external stair (open to the sky) at ground level that is used as an exit where discharge from a building occurs to open… Read more

BCA Part E4: AS 2293.11-2005: Exit Signs: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia under Part E4 emergency lighting, exit signs and warning systems requires the installation (location) of exit signs to be in accordance with AS 2293.1-2005 ‘Emergency escape lighting and exit signs for buildings – System design, installation and operation’. Too often exit signs are installed incorrectly, subsequently altered without… Read more

BCA Part G1: G1.2: Refrigerated Chambers: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part G1, Clause G1.2 ‘Refrigerated chambers, strong rooms and vaults‘ sets out safety criteria for the safe operation of refrigerated chambers (cool room/freezers). These provisions are ignored frequently when considering essential safety measures provisions. Building Compliance System Through the various types of inspections (such as essential… Read more

BCA: Part D2: Internal Illegal Stairs: Construction of Exits: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advises that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) under Part D2 Construction of Exits sets out specific requirements for handrails, going and risers and thresholds. Construction of an internal stair without the necessary statutory building permit (building approval) runs many risks for the building owner and tenant. Building Compliance System Through the various types of… Read more