The BCA states that from the 1st of May 2014 smoke alarms being placed into new buildings will need to have a function in which if one alarm sounds, the remaining alarms within that dwelling will also sound. The Australian Building Codes Board have put this in place to alert people who may be at an opposite end of a building about fire dangers happening at the other end of the dwelling. As you may or may not be aware, the Building Commission have given Western Australia a unique set of smoke alarm concessions which are outlined by the Building Regulations. Since the ABCB announcement the Building Commission have released an information leaflet which outlines how they apply to WA. The Building Commission have also said that there will be the usual 12 month transition period applying which means the interconnection is not required unit 1st May 2015.
The building commission have also published Industry bulletins 40 Interconnection of smoke alarms – for construction of new dwellings only and Industry bulletin 41 – No interconnection of smoke alarms required in existing dwellings built before 1 May 2015 when selling, transferring ownership, renting or hiring also offer some guidance on the current legislation.
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