Sunday, July 5, 2009

New Fire Regulations for Bodies Corporate

From 1st July 2009 Bodies Corporate will be required to comply with new Fire Regulations depending on the classification of their building.

I believe that many Bodies Corporate have no idea of what their requirements are and many will not even be aware that new regulations exist.

There has been considerable concern about many buildings in Qld which are classified as Class 2 buildings but operate as Class 3. Fire regulations for Class 3 buildings are generally more stringent and, consequently, more costly. The problem is that the interpretations of the classifications can be blurred and enforcement of the regulations is less than it should be with various authorities preferring to pass the buck.

There have already been some tragic incidents in buildings which have had less than adequate fire systems in place.

It is time that the goverment actually enforced the regulations before another tragedy occurs. Unfortunately, I doubt that this will happen because there are clearly many buildings that do not comply and many others that prefer to bend the rules or interpretation of their building classification.

If you are a member of a Body Corporate committee you should contact more details.


I have spent many years participating on a number of different Body Corporate Committees. I am a dealer in Vintage Movie Memorabilia specialising in original movie posters and movie art. also present a radio programme on Jazz Radio 94.1fm Monday - Friday afternoons on the Gold Coast.

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