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In This Issue
-Awards nominations now open
-NSW government commitment
-SA introduces new registration
-Design & certification interest
-NSW data reporting
-NSW Member Forum
-Sprinkler standard revision
-NCC 2016 amendment draft
-TAC meetings momentum
-Membership grows
-AS 1670 workshops
-NCC readability feedback
-Indonesian standards
-Draft Amendment of AS/NZS 1668.1:2015
-Upcoming events
 
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August 18, 2017
 

Fire Protection Industry Awards nominations now open

Nominations for the Fire Protection Industry Awards opened this month, giving fire protection professionals and their companies an opportunity to put themselves or their colleagues forward to be recognised for their commitment, excellence and contribution in the industry.

Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural Fire Protection Industry Awards, this year’s awards are shaping up to be even better. You can now nominate for six independently-judged awards by visiting the official awards website:

  • Fire Protection Project of the Year - new in 2017 (two size categories)
  • Barry Lee Technical Excellence Award
  • Harry Marryatt Company of the Year Award (two size categories)
  • Young Achiever Award

To celebrate the second year of the Awards, FPA Australia spoke with industry veteran David Isaac about the importance of the awards for the industry, and why people should nominate. David was the 2016 winner of the A.V. Viscogliosi Outstanding Service Award.

 
NSW Government reaffirms commitment to community fire safety

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) acknowledged the announcement by the New South Wales Government of a comprehensive fire safety package in late July as a significant, positive step to addressing the fire safety of high-rise buildings.

The 10-point plan was developed by the Fire Safety and External Wall Cladding Taskforce, and announced by the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean. It’s part of a whole-of-government response to the risk from flammable wall cladding, as seen in the recent tragic Grenfell fire in London and the prior Lacrosse apartment fire in Melbourne.

“FPA Australia has supported the NSW Government in developing the fire safety reforms that play a significant role in the new plan, which will greatly assist in restoring consumer confidence in the safety of their buildings,” said FPA Australia Chief Executive Scott Williams.

“We welcome this comprehensive 10-point action plan as an important step towards reducing the potential fire risk of non-compliant cladding in NSW.”

 

 
SA introduces new registration for inspect and test workers

South Australia has introduced a new restricted registration category for workers who inspect and test fire suppression systems. The new category is aimed at reducing the regulatory requirements for inspect and test work by removing the requirement for a full plumbing qualification.

The new registration is a positive development, and the new requirements accurately reflect the routine nature of inspect and test work specified under AS 1851. The requirements are a defined and focused set of competencies that ensure workers will have the necessary skills for the work they perform.

The category will allow workers to conduct monthly and six-monthly inspect and test activities for fire suppression systems as specified under the standard. It does not cover annual or greater testing, or installation and repair work.

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Increased interest in Fire Systems Design and Certification accreditation

Against the backdrop of pending reforms in New South Wales, applications for the Fire Systems Design and Fire Systems Certification accreditations are growing rapidly.

These two classes are part of FPA Australia’s Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS).

The Fire Systems Design class accredits individuals who perform design activities relating to essential safety measures in the fire protection industry.

The Fire Systems Certification class, meanwhile, covers the formal validation and certification on installation, equipment and performance of installed and commissioned fire protection systems.

Both classes currently focus on activities associated with the following essential safety measures:

  • Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Fire Hydrant and Hose Reel Systems
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems

FPA Australia is confident that these two classes will satisfy the upcoming NSW Government requirements for a Competent Fire Safety Practitioner.

FPA Australia is also developing a Fire Safety Assessor accreditation - to register your interest, email fpas@fpaa.com.au.

Click here to learn more about these FPAS accreditation classes.

 
New reporting requirements for NSW building certification data

In response to the Lambert Review, the NSW Government will introduce a requirement for building certification data to be reported directly to them. The change is aimed at better tracking the compliance of individual buildings, and identifying potential weaknesses in the regulatory system.

Local councils and A1, A2 and A3 certifiers will start reporting data about the buildings they certify to the NSW Government later this year, according to the Building Professionals Board. The reporting will initially be voluntary, but will be made mandatory at a date yet to be announced.

The NSW Government will make available a mobile app, a software API, and a secure FTP option to report certification data.

 
Strong NSW Member Forum turnout
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There was a fantastic turnout at the NSW Member Forum on 2 August in Sydney, with 180 members turning out to listen to key government and industry representatives talk about what the state’s new fire safety reforms mean for the industry.

Members also heard how the Association is developing a new class of accreditation to address Annual Fire Safety Statement requirements (to register your interest, email fpas@fpaa.com.au).

FPA Australia would like to thank Alan Host, Mitchell Harris, John Tansey, Rob Marenello and Brett Fairweather for speaking at the event, and to also acknowledge Michael Lambert for attending.

 
Revision to sprinkler standard due in August

A new revision of the sprinkler standard, AS 2118.1, is expected to be published in mid to late August, and the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) currently aims to adopt the revision as part of the out of cycle National Construction Code (NCC) amendment to be published in March 2018 (see here for more information).

This standard and its proposed adoption in the NCC amendment represents a significant improvement to the design and installation of sprinkler systems in Australia. It’s the result of several years of work by FPA Australia representatives and many other industry stakeholders on Standards Australia committee FP-004. FPA Australia would like to thank all FP-004 members (especially our representatives) for their efforts to not only develop this revision, but to ensure that it is suitable for NCC adoption.

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ABCB releases NCC 2016 amendment draft for public comment

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released a draft amendment to the National Construction Code (NCC) 2016 Volume One for public comment, containing proposed revisions to Part A2 of Volume One.

The changes have come out of work by the Part A2 working group, which includes FPA Australia General Manager of Technical Services Matthew Wright.

The draft, released on 14 August, contains amendments initially proposed for NCC 2019. They have been included in this earlier amendment in response to direction from the Building Ministers’ Forum to the ABCB to speed up adoption of a package of fire safety measures developed the Lacrosse building fire in 2014.

Similar amendments for Part A2 in Volume Three and Part 1.2 in Volume Two are proposed for NCC 2019.

The ABCB is also developing an Evidence of Suitability Handbook on the basis of the working group’s recommendations, which will be circulated to the ABCB’s Building Codes Committee later this year.

The NCC 2016 Volume One public comment draft is available here.
 
TAC meetings maintain momentum online

The most recent round of Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings was held in July in Brisbane and Sydney. The meetings were productive, discussing developments in legislation, codes and standards, as well as technical issues identified in the field, detailed below.

In a new move, the work has continued post-meeting with FPA Australia’s new SPARK online community and discussion forum. SPARK is a new platform that will enable the fire protection industry to discuss technical topics online, and the TACs will trial the new system over coming months.

 
FPA Australia membership grows

FPA Australia membership continued to grow in the past year, rising 6% to a total of 1449 members by the end of June 2017. The year’s results are an acceleration of the 4% growth in membership over 2015/16.

“The growth in membership reflects the industry increasingly recognising the importance of accreditation and ongoing professional development, and the membership benefits the Association provides,” said FPA Australia CEO Scott Williams.

“The industry is entering a period of significant reform, and across the country approximately 1500 FPA Australia members are at the leading edge of guiding those reforms and improving industry best practice.”

To learn more about why more and more people are joining FPA Australia and the benefits they receive, click here.

 
AS 1670.1 and AS 1670.4 workshops kick off
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Technical solution workshops digging into the AS 1670.1:2015 and AS 1670.4:2015 standards kicked off last week in Hobart, Melbourne and Perth.

Attendees at the interactive workshops heard from David Isaac, one of the authors of the standards, about common mistakes and how to avoid them, technical applications, case study examples and more.

The workshop series moves next week to Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra. There’s still time to register if you act fast. For more information, click here.

 
ABCB invites feedback on new NCC readability

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is working to improve the readability of the National Construction Code (NCC). As part of that effort, the ABCB is proposing a single set of Governing Requirements, consistent across the Code and covering how the NCC works and how to comply with it. You can read the new Governing Requirements here.

The ABCB has invited stakeholders to give their feedback on the new Requirements through a short survey, open until 3 September 2017. Click here to fill out the survey.

 
Have your say on Indonesia-Australia standards harmonisation

Do you do business in Indonesia? The national standards bodies of Australia and Indonesia are currently undertaking a Standards Mapping Survey to help determine the opportunities for enhanced standards harmonisation, technical alignment and regulatory coherence.

The work is part of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), designed to enhance bilateral trade.

Feedback is being sought from Indonesian and Australian stakeholders on where standards harmonisation could reduce technical barriers to trade. If you’d like have input, you can complete the survey here.

 
Comment open on draft amendment to AS/NZS 1668.1:2015

A draft amendment has been released public comment for AS/NZS 1668.1:2015 The use of ventilation and air conditioning in building - Part 1: Fire and smoke control in buildings. The draft will be open for comment until 18 September 2017. To download the draft and have your input click here.

 
Upcoming events

For the latest event details, click here.

AS 1670.1 and AS 1670.4 Technical Solutions Workshop

 Adelaide  Monday, 21 August 2017
 Brisbane  Tuesday, 22 August 2017
 Canberra  Wednesday, 23 August 2017

AS 2118.1 Amendment Seminar

FPA Australia will be running a seminar series in late September, early October to inform FPA Australia members and the public of the detail of the changes in this new edition of AS 2118.1 with presentations from representatives of FP-004. To register your interest in attending these seminars, email events@fpaa.com.au.

FPA Australia will inform registrants and FPA Australia members of the confirmed dates and locations once the Standard has been released and these details confirmed.

Golf Day

 NSW  Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Fire Protection Industry Awards Gala Dinner

 Melbourne  Thursday, 9 November 2017

FPA Australia AGM

 Melbourne  Thursday, 9 November 2017

Fire Australia 2018 Conference and Tradeshow

 Brisbane Convention &
 Exhibition Centre
 Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Exhibition booths will go on sale in late September. To register your interest, email events@fpaa.com.au.

STMG Member Forums

Members will be notified of specific detail in their state once full details become available and registrations open.

 WA  Friday, 1 September 2017
 TAS (Save the date)
 Tuesday, 19 September 2017
 SA (Save the date)
 Friday, 22 September 2017
 

 

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