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Technical Specifications


FPA Australia currently has two draft Technical Specifications at public comment closing Friday 23 February 2018:




Background and context


Recent tests have shown that fires in modern buildings burn at a rate eight times faster than 50 years ago. Such quick burning fires and the difficulty faced by firefighting services responding to an incident in urban areas in this time was sadly illustrated in the 2012 Bankstown fire. This event resulted in the death of one individual and life changing injuries to another prompting the NSW Coroner's recommendation to investigate a fit-for-purpose, cost effective sprinkler system for Class 2 and 3 buildings, other than Aged Care.


In response to this recommendation, Fire & Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW) funded research and testing conducted by CSIRO in conjunction with FRNSW staff and FPA Australia members to identify such a system.


FPA Australia Technical Specifications FPAA101D and FPAA101H were developed as a result of this research, and with reference to existing requirements of current Australian Standards and the use of listed sprinkler heads within the scope of their listing with an emphasis of providing a more cost-effective system that provides the required level of safety.


One of the key ways a more cost effective system was achieved was by using existing water supplies in the building - either the domestic water supply or the hydrant system water supply.


These draft Technical Specifications also form part of a Proposal for Change (PFC) to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) to require sprinkler systems in Class 2 and 3 buildings, other than Aged Care, less than 25m in effective height. This proposal was submitted by FPA Australia, FRNSW and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC).


This PFC provides for appropriate fire suppression in Class 2 and 3 building, other than Aged Care, less than 25m in effective height where none has been previously required, and provides appropriate offsets to reduce the cost of this protection.


For more information on the development of these Technical Specifications, please refer to the preliminary pages in the public comment drafts below.


How to submit your public comment


To provide public comment, download the relevant public comment form below, complete it following the instructions included then submit it to by Friday 23 February 2018 to have your feedback considered.


All public comment will be reviewed by FPA Australia to identify whether any changes are required to improve the Technical Specification.


We encourage anyone with an interest in sprinkler systems to review and provide public comment. We look forward to your feedback to make these Technical Specifications the best they can be.


Public comment form