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IB-12 V2 Isolation Valves in Fire Sprinkler and Fire Hydrant Systems

There has and continues to be a misunderstanding of which type of isolation valves are allowed to be installed in automatic fire sprinkler systems and fire hydrant systems. Sometimes certain parts of these installations are carried out by contractors who may not be overly familiar with the Codes and Standards these fire protection systems must comply with. Therefore, FPA Australia through our Technical Advisory Committee TAC/4/8/9 has produced an Information Bulletin in relation to this issue.

 

This Information Bulletin details the specific Plumbing Code of Australia and Australian Standard requirements in relation to isolation valves for these systems. It concludes and recommends that quarter (¼) turn lever type isolation valves are not permitted to be installed in automatic fire sprinkler systems and fire hydrant systems.

 

Version 2.0 of this document updates the document to account for AS/NZS 3500.1-2015 and the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) 2016 but also provides greater definition of the requirements based on whether these valves are upstream or downstream of the backflow prevention device.

 

IB-12 V2 Isolation Valves for Fire Sprinkler and Fire Hydrant Systems

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Published: 15/11/2016