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Strata complex - fire exit locks

Discussion in 'Property Management' started by Befuddled, 24th Nov, 2015.

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  1. Befuddled

    Befuddled Well-Known Member

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    Just received some quotes from strata management for the replacement of fire exit locks because they open both ways, posing a security risk. The quotes are for installation of one way locks.

    The executive committee that I'm a part of thinks it should have been the builders responsibility to install one way locks in these areas.

    Are there any rules around what types of locks should be installed at fire exits?
     
  2. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Yes.. building code of Australia states the type of lock required. Security issues are determined by BC. If you require security from one side occupants must still be able to exit the building without resorting to keys etc.

    What sort of locks or latch sets were specified in the building contract? Have these been installed?
     
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    How old /new is the building?
     
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    Brand new
     
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    Thanks Scott. Looks like the BCA doesn't specify the doors have to be one-sided. ie: it's a security issue rather than a safety concern.
     
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    Just remember that you still have to comply with the BCA when you change the door furniture. Not all door furniture has been tested to meet the fire rating standards - it may pay to have the builder replace and certify the works.
     
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