New Home Construction - Practical Completion Check List in WA - Smoke Alarms
Houses with Building Permit Post 1 May 2017
All residential properties in WA where the application for a building permit is lodged on or after 1 May 2015, should be fitted with smoke alarms that comply with AS 3786:2014. However, a two year transitional period was provided which allowed the use of both the 1993 and 2014 versions for a deemed-to-satisfy solution. This transitional period ends on
30 April 2017.
This means that all new homes, where the application for a building permit is lodged on or after 1 May 2017, should be fitted with smoke alarms that comply with AS 3786:2014. Hence from 1 May 2017, smoke alarms must
• Be connected to mains power;
• Be located correctly within the property;
• Be interconnected where there are two or more alarms; and
• compliance with AS 3786:2014 (Incorporating Amendment No. 1) – Smoke alarms using scattered light, transmitted light or ionization. Interconnection of smoke alarms in residential buildings for which a building permit application was submitted from 1 May 2015, should be interconnected where more than one alarm is required to be installed.
How to Identify Which Smoke Alarm is Suitable
How to identify a smoke alarm that complies to the new standard, owners and electrical contractors should be looking for an “AS 3786:2014” marking on the smoke alarm itself. A smoke alarm manufactured under the 1993 version of the standard (i.e. AS 3786:1993) will no longer be a BCA deemed-to-satisfy product from 1 May 2017.
Building a New Home
When you undertake your Practical Completion or Handover inspection make sure that compliant smoke alarms have been installed into your new home
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