MANAGING YOUR BUILDING WARRANT OF FITNESS

A BWoF is a verification that the structure’s specified systems have been examined and preserved as needed in the building’s compliance schedule.

A compliance schedule will be issued through among the following circumstances:

A council issues a compliance schedule with a code compliance certificate, at the completion of consented structure work, if the structure has any specified systems.
A council issues a compliance schedule upon application from the structure owner, where, for some reason, a compliance schedule was not currently issued.
The compliance schedule consists of:

  • An in-depth description of each defined system
  • Efficiency standards for each system
  • The evaluation and maintenance treatments required to guarantee the systems continue to function as planned.

Specified systems help ensure a structure is safe and healthy for people to get in, inhabit or work in. For instance, fire alarms and sprinkler systems.

A building owner requires to restore a structure’s warrant of physical fitness (BWoF) every 12 months, finalising, providing and openly showing it to prove the building’s life security systems (called defined systems) have actually been maintained and inspected.

DOCUMENTATION FOR A BUILDING WARRANT OF FITNESS

The owner of the building needs to supply the appropriate council with a BWoF that consists of:

  • Area of the particular structure
  • Current legally developed use, consisting of a variety of residents per level and per usage (if more than one).
  • Owner of the building.
  • Initial date the structure was built.
  • Highest fire danger classification for building use (if appropriate).

The BWoF needs to mention that you have entirely adhered to the examination, maintenance and reporting treatments of the compliance schedule for the previous 12 months. This detail needs to be provided on proposed Type 12 of the Structure (Kinds) Regulations 2004. The type specifies the specific information that should be included and the order it needs to be included in.

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DISPLAYING YOUR BWOF

You must have on display a copy of the building warrant of fitness. It should be an area of the building where it can be seen by all building users. For example

  • Reception
  • Lobby
  • Entrance

It is an excellent practice to determine the building’s defined systems on your displayed BWoF, but it is not a requirement.

INDEPENDENT QUALIFIED PERSONS

By acting as an agent,  Fire Systems will relieve the property owner of the tasks of dealing with all the contractors required to maintain the building. We coordinate with the various independent qualified person (IQP) subcontractors charged with managing the multiple features (specified systems) and issuing 12A certificates. Fire Systems can bring the years of experience in building management/maintenance and ensure that the BWoF is always current and compliance is met.

SERVICES WE PROVIDE AT FIRE SYSTEMS NZ

By acting as an agent,  Fire Systems will relieve the property owner of the tasks of dealing with all the contractors required to maintain the building.

Fire extinguisher inspection and maintenance. Protection from fire starts with making sure your fire extinguishers are ready to go.

Functioning lights leading to safe evacuation don’t happen by accident. It takes the know-how and care that Fire Systems specialises in.

Through hands-on training with fire simulations in a safe learning environment, our professional instructors will educate your staff.

Detecting a fire early can mean the difference between losing everything and keeping loss and damage to a minimum. We can help with trial evacuations too.

Automatic sprinklers are widely regarded as the most effective method of controlling fires caused by a broad range of hazards.

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