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Newly Accredited (FPAS) and Our Contribution to the Fire Protection Industry | by Fires Services | 18 March 2019

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Please be advised that the changes to the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act introduced in October 2017, requires Fire Protection Designers to be accredited either by the Building Professionals Board or the National Engineer’s Register to enable certification of:-

  • Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Fire Hydrant & Fire Hose Reel Systems
  • Fire Detection & Alarm Systems

For Class 2 to 9 Buildings.

The Legislation requires that design of all active Fire Systems be checked and certified by newly accredited Fire Design Engineers.

Warren Smith & Partners have three (3) highly experienced professional Fire Services Designers who have completed the Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme FPAS.


Ian Stone (31 Years with Practice)
Expertise Leader – Fire
MOBILE: 0407 207 286
EMAIL: ua.mo1558444737c.hti1558444737msner1558444737raw@n1558444737ai1558444737
FPAS Accreditation No: FSD17478


David Bolt (25 Years with Practice)
Project Manager – Fire
MOBILE: 0425 256 922
EMAIL: ua.mo1558444737c.hti1558444737msner1558444737raw@d1558444737ivad1558444737
FPAS Accreditation No: FSD14563


Peter Brawley (25 Years with Practice)
State Manager Victoria
MOBILE: 0412 922 503
EMAIL: ua.mo1558444737c.hti1558444737msner1558444737raw@r1558444737etep1558444737
FPAS Accreditation No: FSD20802

In order to qualify for FPAS, Ian Stone, David Bolt & Peter Brawley were required to pass a rigorous induction and examination process to confirm their current expertise in each of the above Fire Protection Design disciplines.

Warren Smith & Partners as a significant contributor to the Fire Service Industry, are pleased to have played a significant role in formulating the following key new Legislation documents:-

Warren Smith & Partners recent contributions to the Fire Protection Industry

BCA 2016 Volume One Amendment 1 – March 2018
This amendment to BCA 2016 introduces the AS 2118.1 – 2017 ‘Fire Sprinkler Standard’ which includes for changes and advancements in Fire Sprinkler Technology, water supply and protection requirements.

Warren Smith & Partners provided technical input to the new AS 2118.1 – 2017 through its voluntary contribution the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC 4/8/9) of the Fire Protection Association Australia.

Sprinkler Protection to Electrical Equipment in Lift Shafts – Amendment to BCA 2019, Clause 13 of E1.5
Warren Smith & Partners instigated the request for change to the BCA through the Fire Protection Association due to wide ranging interpretations of the Clause.

The end result is simplification of the protection criteria which provides a cost-effective wet sprinkler protection to the Lift Shafts containing electrical equipment and enables Lift Shaft maintenance to be completed safely with the ability to isolate the sprinkler water supply in the Lift Shaft to minimise risk of electrocution caused by accidental sprinkler activation.

The proposed changes to Clause E1.5 of BCA 2019 are available in the public Draft and it should be noted that a Fire Engineered Solution will be required to adopt this innovation until BCA 2019 is implemented.

AS 2118.6 Combined Sprinkler / Hydrant Systems in multi-storey buildings
Warren Smith and Partners has successfully lobbied Australian Standards through the Fire Protection Association to update AS 2118.6 to enable alignment with recently published Fire Sprinkler & Fire Hydrant Standards and also ensure more effective fire-fighting facilities for operational challenges of fires in high-rise Towers.

 

Warren Smith & Partners golf day

The second annual Warren Smith & Partners golf day took place at Pennant Hills Golf Club on Tuesday 24th of October. Glorious weather greeted the teams that participated, with the course in immaculate condition. 39 players partook in the annual event with 30 guests and 9 staff attending. The golf day was an extremely valuable experience and allowed us to spend some down time with clients and consultants that we normally only see in the work environment.

Congratulations to the prize winners and thank you to our guests for joining us, we hope to see you again next year!

New Director

Warren Smith & Partners are delighted to announce Thomas Wise as a Director of the practice after 8 years of excellence in the Hydraulics team.

In addition Laura Shaughnessy has been promoted to Project Manager and Nicholas Watts to Team Leader – Sydney Water.

Tertiary and Research Capability Statement

You can download our Tertiary and Research Capability Statement here.

Prince Alfred Private Hospital

Warren Smith & Partners are excited to have been engaged by Macquarie International Health Clinic to provide hydraulic, fire, civil, and water servicing coordination services to the Prince Alfred Private Hospital development.

This development will not only provide 376 private hospital beds, seventeen new operating theatres and associated renal dialysis and central sterile services departments within a seven storey building, but also provide 8000 square meters of consulting within a separate nine storey tower. Retail, medical imaging, a GP clinic and urgent care centre will also be provided.

We look forward to the successful delivery of one of NSW’s largest private hospitals.

Port Macquarie Mental Health Unit

We are delighted to be given the opportunity to improve the Port Macquarie Base Hospital’s (PMBH) ability to deliver quality care for communities across the Mid North Coast.

As it stands the PMBH is forced to transfer a significant number of their mental health patients out of the area due to an undersized mental health unit and insufficient bed numbers.

Warren Smith & Partners will be delivering fire and hydraulic services for the new Port Macquarie inpatient Mental Health Unit which will not only double the number of available beds but include purpose designed features to cater to elderly and younger persons.

 

Healthcare Capability Statement

You can download our Healthcare Cabability Statement here.

Press Release: Greenland Centre Tower, Sydney

We are pleased to announce that we will be working alongside one of Australia’s largest and NSW’s newest plumbing company, CDC Plumbing and Drainage, on Sydney CBD’s tallest residential tower, Greenland Centre.

Warren Smith & Partners will be providing hydraulic services workshop documentation to assist in the delivery of the 235-metre residential building at 115-119 Bathurst Street. The project is set to become not only the tallest, but the most prestigious apartment tower in Sydney; featuring 479 apartments and a 2000 Square metre Creative Hub which will be leased for 99-years to the City of Sydney.

We are extremely excited to commence work on this iconic Sydney project alongside CDC, Probuild, and Greenland Australia.

Domestic Hot Water Presentation to AHSCA

Warren Smith & Partners’ Hydraulic Technical Manager, Tom Wise, delivered a very informative presentation on ‘Domestic Hot Water Circulation Systems’ at the AHSCA’s most recent general meeting on Tuesday 9th May.

The presentation covered the basics of domestic hot water circulation systems as well as Tom sharing his knowledge on:

  • The importance of keeping the velocity in the system down to mitigate erosion – corrosion;
  • Common dos and don’ts found in hot water systems such as the sizing the balancing valves and where to locate the hot water return pump;
  • Steps to sizing a domestic hot water circulation system including how to calculate the flow rate and friction loss;
  • Ensuring you select the correct pump to meet your design velocity, including tips on how you can improve where the system curve meets the pump curve; and
  • Information on the range of balancing valves and hot water circulation pumps that are available and what each of their benefits/applications are.

The presentation was well received in the room and opened up debates and discussions within the audience regarding the topic.

Capability Statement

You can download our Capability Statement here