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The Elements of a Fire Resistant Commercial Building

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Australia’s varied landscape and climate have long been a source of disasters, like fires. Since the 1960s, however, fires were considered worse in New South Wales, which is further substantiated with a series of bushfires in October 2013.
Over 100 fires burned across the state due to high fuel loads along with the warm, dry and windy weather. The severity of the incident led to the declaration of NSW in a state of emergency.

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The Elements of a Fire Resistant Commercial Building

  1. 1. The Elements of a Fire Resistant Commercial Building
  2. 2. Australia’s varied landscape and climate have long been a source of disasters, like fires. Since the 1960s, however, fires were considered worse in New South Wales, which is further substantiated with a series of bushfires in October 2013. Over 100 fires burned across the state due to high fuel loads along with the warm, dry and windy weather. The severity of the incident led to the declaration of NSW in a state of emergency. To this day, the board has regulated materials used in the construction of infrastructures and set rules to avoid the unfortunate occurrence of a fire. What is Fire Resistant? Fire resistance is characterised by the ability of a material to perform its basic function while resisting being affected by a fully developed fire. The Building Code of Australia is a standard set of provisions for an infrastructure’s design and construction. The set of rules requires the following steps in order to comply with the standards.
  3. 3.  Determine the class of the establishment  Check if the BCA’s code is applicable  Choose wood or materials that meet their requirements Using wood is one that is strictly regulated since it is used for most, if not all, buildings. Moreover, it is one of the industrial materials conducive to catching fire the most; therefore making it hard to make it resistant to fire. What Fire Resistant Commercial Establishments Have A fire cannot continue to set ablaze if it lacks any of the three components:  Heat  Fuel  Oxygen Establishments that are fire resistant are equipped with technologies and systems that can ride at least one of the three.
  4. 4. One of the common solutions for which are fire dampers. They work as protective devices to prevent the spread of fire in the ventilation system. Dampers are used in HVAC ducts with the help of fire-resistant rated walls. The fire dampers are activated by high temperatures, as their melting triggers the closing of vents and ducts. This prevents oxygen from entering the fire-infested area and stops it from growing or travelling to other locations. Sources: http://www.ewp.asn.au/library/downloads/ewpaa_fire_resistance.pdf http://apexaircon.com.au/ http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/09/13/3589455.htm

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