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The Compliance Team
Mark is highly experienced with 34 years in the Fire Protection industry including 17 years with the NZ Fire Service and 17 years in the private sector. He has completed an extensive range of specialist training courses and holds several industry qualifications These, combined with his experience and operational management ability, provides him with the skills to both lead and work with staff, subcontractors and clients alike.
Mark’s key focus is to develop and co-ordinate practical on-site solutions that are sustainable and performance driven and to deliver effective client solutions.
His industry qualifications include the National Certificate in Passive Fire Protection; Fixed Fire Protection and Fire Detection and Alarm Systems.
He holds IQP registration in Auckland, Waikato, Western/Bay of Plenty & Central North Island & South Island for:
SS 1 Automatic systems for fire suppression
SS 2 Automatic or manual emergency warning systems
SS 3/1 Automatic Doors
SS 3/2 Access controlled doors
SS 3/3 Interfaced fire or smoke doors or windows
SS 4 Emergency Lighting systems
SS 5 Escape route pressurisation systems
SS 7 Automatic back-flow preventers
SS 13/1 Mechanical smoke control
SS 13/2 Natural smoke control
SS 13/3 Smoke curtains
SS 14/2 Signs Systems 1-13
SS 15/b Final exits
SS 15/c Fire separations
SS 15/d Signs for communicating information intended to facilitate evacuation (EWIS)
SS 15/e Smoke separations
Strong attention to detail and a fastidious manner assists Helen to ensure your compliance requirements are dealt with in a prompt & effective manner.
At the time when a fire protection system is installed, provided it has been designed and installed in line with the correct processes, it will comply with Building Code requirements.
Following installation the Local Building Authority (usually a local Council) issues a compliance schedule which lists all the specified systems in the building that must be maintained, according to what standards, and how frequently.
However building systems can deteriorate over time, or be modified, or fail to operate for any reason. Like a vehicle Warrant of Fitness, a Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) ensures that systems are tested and maintained at regular intervals, so that should a fire situation arise the fire protection systems will operate as they should. Click here to see more on specified systems.
In general each of the Specified Systems from SS1 to SS15 will have a specific compliance schedule.
After testing and maintenance has been completed according to the compliance schedule a Building Warrant of Fitness is issued by the Local Building Authority which confirms that a Fire Protection systems will perform as expected.
A Building Warrant of Fitness is required where a compliance schedule has been issued for a building.
A BWoF verifies that the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures for all the specified systems within a building have been carried out in accordance with the compliance schedule for the previous 12 months.
Section 108 of the Building Act requires that a BWoF must:
- Be supplied on each anniversary of the issue of the compliance
- State the location of the compliance schedule and associated
compliance schedule reports
- State that the inspection, maintenance, and reporting
procedures have been fully complied with during the
previous 12 months
- Have attached to it all Form 12A certificates issued by
IQPs for the specified systems
- Have attached to it any recommendations from an IQP to
amend the compliance schedule.
The maze of regulations and compliance requirements can make it very difficult to know exactly what has to be done to ensure you meet your legal obligations, and to ensure you keep buildings protected and people safe.
It can mean you end up with a small army of experts and service providers to keep it all on track – meaning the costs and time involved in maintaining fire protection compliance can be high if you don't keep it simple by using a single service provider.
A BWoF must be displayed in a building where it can be seen by building users
Fines for non-compliance
The Building Act 2004 contains a number of provisions to protect public health and safety that are important for building owners and managers. There are a range of penalties for failing to comply with these provisions:
If a person is the owner of a building for which a compliance schedule has been obtained, they are liable for a fine of up to $20,000 with a further fine of $2,000 for each day the offence is continued
Building owners can be fined up to $20,000 for failing to display a Building Warrant of Fitness, or displaying a false or misleading Building Warrant of Fitness;
Building owners who fail to give written notice of a change of use commit an offence and are liable to a maximum fine of $5,000
It is also an offence carrying a fine of up to $100,000 to use or permit the use of a building, which is not safe or sanitary, or if it has inadequate means of escape from fire.