Passive Fire Selection Guideline
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Passive Fire Selection Guideline

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Passive Fire System
Implementation Guide

Step 1 - Hutchies QA Manual

  • Read Topic 16 - Fire Compartments and Systems Quality Manual.
  • Read Topic 17 - Passive Fire systems Quality manual.

Step 2 - Fire Compartmentation Plan

  • Request a Fire Compartmentation Plan from your Fire Engineer. Ensure actual final wall systems are clearly identified including manufacturers for lightweight partitions.
  • You will also need to review sections, details and confirm FRLs between each floor, units, rises, atriums, facades, shafts, fire stairs & tunnels & lift cores, carpark levels from all other classes of buildings, etc.
    (Refer: Annexure B - Example Compartmentation Plan attached)

Step 3 - Subcontractor Proposal

  • By reviewing your Fire Compartmentation Plan (created above in Step 2), have your Service Subcontractors &/or Passive Fire Specialist recommended systems for each penetration/service.
  • Always insist on a "DTS NCC SECTION C SYSTEM OR DTS TESTED SYSTEM/SOLUTION". If it hasn't been tested or deemed to satisfy in the scenario you proposed, do not use it (refer attached list of Passive Fire Contractors).
  • Produce a marking plan wiht each penetration uniquely identified - produce separate plans for the separate trades (Fire, Elec Hydraulic, Mech) and coordinate common risers between the various trades, to ensure that each system is compatible.
  • Populate the penetration register with the details of the penetration and the proposed products (the subcontractor can use the attached register to populate their proposal).
    (Refer: Annexure C - list of Passive Fire Contractors).
    (Refer: Annexure D - Example Register)

Step 4 - Seek Approval of Draft Proposal

  • Consolidate Subcontractor proposals to one "DRAFT" Passive Fire Register and set marked-up plans per level per subcontractor.
  • Seek approval from The Quality Team & your Acoustic Consultant.

Step 5 - Seek Approval from Building Surveyor

  • Submit approved Fire Penetration Reister to your Building Surveyor for approval (include the following with your submission to your Building Surveyor: marked-up plans, test data, The Quality Team acceptance and Acoutic Consultant acceptance).
  • Once approved this becomes your Passive Fire & Acoustic Specification.

Step 6 - Construct Example for QA Review

  • Construct eample of each penetration on site for QA approval by The Quality Team. Examples are best constructed on site where they are ultimately intended to be installed. This allows The Quality Team to consider all real life parameters, such as separation of other services, ceiling space restraints etc.
  • Requst The Quality Team's approval. This now becomes your approved Specficiation.

Step 7 - Complete Works.

  • Complete all Passive Fire Works as per your approved specification.
  • Record every penetration as per attached excel register.
  • Perform regular QA checks, the quality of application is maintained as per approved prototype and materials are installed correctly. Ensure Acoustic requirements are considered with each QA check.
  • Install sticker beside each penetration. AS 4072. 1 section B4 requires stickers to include the following information as a minimum:
    a) Sticker to reference Standard AS 4072.1
    b) FRL
    c) Name, contact details & livense number of the installed
    d) Installation date
    e) Unique installation reference number (linking it to the HB register)
    f) Name and contact details of the manufacturer
  • On completion of each penetration take a photo an add to register.
  • Include completed register within HB handover manual.
  • When inspecting/coordinating the works, note Client variations - discrepancies and clashes may all alter the planned fire rating detailing. Repeat process as necessary to replan the fire rating to ensure it is compliant.
    (Refer: Annexure E - Finished Register with photos)

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