The Grenfell Tower fire in London, UK and subsequent safety concerns regarding the use of combustible cladding has highlighted the importance of work required to mitigate fire risk around the world.
On 30 June 2017, the Queensland Government formed the Non-Conforming Building Product Audit Taskforce (the Taskforce) to conduct a targeted investigation into buildings using Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) cladding and other possible combustible products.
Plumbing, drainage, hydrant and sprinkler systems were put to the test during a proactive audit of Rockhampton building and other highly populated sites by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) on 26-27 April, 2017.
QBCC Assistant Commissioner, Esther Blest, said that QBCC investigators interviewed nine individuals from 13 building sites to ensure plumbers, drainers and fire protection workers on the job were appropriately licensed.
The effect of inundation on passive fire elements, particularly fire doors, is much harder to detect and demonstrate, than the potential for damage or deterioration of things like fire pumps, smoke detectors and electrical controls.
There are a number of different manufacturers of fire doors and a number of different ways by which the door achieves its required Fire Resistance Level (FRL). Typically, the vast majority of door panels comprise of: