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    How to comply with BCA requirements for fire resistance

    Kilargo

    Fire prevention solutions specialist Kilargo emphasises the need for all Australian buildings to comply with Building Code of Australia (BCA) requirements.

    The BCA is a set of technical and safety provisions for the design and construction of buildings that is reviewed and amended every year to cover technical and regulatory changes. Architects and builders designing commercial or multi-occupancy premises are required to be fully conversant with the latest BCA requirements ensuring buildings are built structurally- and fire safe, with the ability to maintain healthy environments for occupants.

    BCA regulations related to fire safety in buildings require the structure (except non-high-rise housing) to be designed with fire compartments, which will not only stop the spread of fire, but also allow occupants to escape and firefighters to control the blaze.

    There are strict regulations for fire resistance in buildings and fire door requirements. Fire doors must offer a way for occupants to escape a blaze as well as stop a fire from spreading. Part C of the relevant building code stipulates the level of fire-resistance required for fire doors in a building’s design and specifically details the requirements for fire door assembly and maintenance.

    Kilargo’s seal products are Australian-made and designed to help builders and architects comply with BCA regulations. The door seals can be installed with complete confidence that they will maintain the necessary safety standards in buildings of all sizes.

    Draughts flowing in through unsealed gaps in doors not only disturb the living and working environment, but create unwanted temperature imbalances and contribute to the spread of fires. Kilargo’s fire and smoke seals are specifically designed to minimise air leakage, restricting the spread of fire and smoke, and are ideal for use with compliant fire doors.

    Kilargo has been supplying Australian builders, architects, and specifiers with the hardware that helps them comply with BCA requirements for more than 30 years. Commercial buildings, high-rise complexes, and health and education facilities have all benefited from installing Kilargo seals, including buildings in bush-fire prone areas.

    Kilargo supplies fire, smoke, sound and energy solutions designed for complete building integrity, safety and comfort.

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