In late 2016, Fire Safety Constructions were approached by the owner’s agent to audit and complete the fire safety upgrade within this residential complex. The block comprises of 18, one bedroom units over 3 levels.
This project’s scope of works involves numerous fire stopping measures typical to an older residential building.
The first stage of works (audit and fire stopping) involved removing existing bathroom ceilings of all 1st and 2nd level SOU’s and replace with fire rated ceilings. Fire stopping and fire rated dampers were also installed within units to achieve compartmentation.
The residual works include more passive fire works, fire doors, stair nosings, balustrades, emergency/exit lighting and a fire detection system upgrade.
Our scope also requires fire rating to the entire upper level ceiling. For this we proposed the CAP Coating paint system so by removing the need to replace existing ceilings, the costs, mess and time is reduced greatly. The CAP Coating intumescent paint has been thoroughly tested and complies with the Building Code of Australia (BCA). In the case of a fire, the paint expands into a shield up to 50mm thick. Depending on the substrate, CAP Coating products can achieve FRL’s up to 90/90/90 and RISF of 60 minutes
As is common with a fire safety upgrade, the building is fully occupied. Therefore, working in with residents and leaving “no footprints” has been our main priority.