This 133 unit, mixed-use, residential tower requires monthly inspection and testing of their fire systems and equipment. As mandated by NSW law, the building needs to have all equipment maintained annually for the purposes of assessment for the annual fire safety statement.
2020 Fire Protection was engaged by the owners via Premium Strata to undertake the inspection and testing of this newly constructed building to ensure strata fire safety compliance in accordance with AS1851-2012 - including accessing every apartment and every common area of the building.
During this testing, a large quantity of defects were identified that related to building works.
Examples of defects included:
+ All Fire doors having non-compliant gaps
+ Valves to feed the hydrant systems fitted back to front – no fire-fighting water in
+ Pressure reducing station omitted and valves in place causing building to shake
+ Flows and pressures to sprinklers inadequate to operate in accordance with the design
+ Fire Pump for sprinklers not adequate to supply water to meet the sprinkler design
2020 Fire Protection’s initial estimate to rectify the defects was $250k+
The defects noted as likely to be construction related were reported to the strata manager who, due to the building being under 2 years since completion, passed these to the developer for action.
The developer and builder argued the validity of these defects and said they related to maintenance and should be fixed by the owners who had just moved in. The developers questioned 2020 Fire Protection’s competence, they argued that they had an engineer who had passed it, they argued that council had accepted the building and the like.
Over a 2 year period following the initial report, 2020 Fire Protection’s team attended site more times than can be counted; met with the developers, the owners, the builder and the strata manager, received rulings from the regulatory authorities, were abuse verbally and in-writing by the developers as to the competence of our advice.
The easiest thing would have been to walk away.
2020 Fire Protection proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt that the defects were construction related. We negotiated directly and through strata, council and the fire brigade to prove this and we helped the strata manager force the developer and builder to fix those defects.
2020 Fire Protection saved the owners $250,000+ in repairs, but MORE importantly;
2 years after our initial report, there was a balcony fire. Just like the ones you’ve seen on the news that have destroyed buildings and lives. The sprinkler system, which was fixed due to 2020 Fire’s competent reporting, worked correctly, extinguished the fire and the damage was minimal.
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