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ANZ Region NSW: Fired up - New fire safety laws and an AS1668 revision

05 September 2017 17:30 - 20:00

Arup, Level 10, 210 Kent Street, Sydney
Arup, Level 10, 210 Kent Street


CPD Hours
Fired up - New fire safety laws and an AS1668 revision​

On the 1st October revised fire safety laws will come into effect in NSW and AS1668 Pt 1 is due to be revised.
  • Are you prepared?
  • Do you know what changes are planned and why?
  • Can you afford to miss this technical session?
​Our first speaker, Brett Fairweather, is an AS1668 Standards Committee member and he will discuss the proposed changes to Part 1 (Fire and smoke control in buildings). The proposed amendments could impact most mechanical services designs, and there is still a chance for practitioners to voice any concerns or opinions, but the window of opportunity is short. If you want to do some background reading before the session, a draft of the amendments is available on the Standards Australia web site.

Our second speaker, Alan Host, will provide an overview of recently published changes to the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 which aim to improve fire safety in new and existing buildings. The changes commence on 1 October 2017, and cover a number of areas including the new role of ‘competent fire safety practitioner’, submission of fire protection system and performance solution documentation, Building Code of Australia exemptions for minor fire safety system works, and a new construction inspection authority for Fire and Rescue NSW. Again, if you want to do some background reading, a copy of the fire safety regulation can be accessed from the Department of Planning and Environment’s web site at

Speakers Bio's:​

Brett Fairweather - has nearly 20 years of mechanical services design experience and has been fortunate enough to establish a role that allows him to remain actively involved in the design and delivery of projects, continue to volunteer his time to the ongoing review and development of Codes and Standards, while being able to dedicate further time to educating others in the industry on the requirements we face and to share his experience in the field
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Alan Host - Specialist Policy Officer, NSW Department of Planning and Environment. Alan has a Master of Building Surveying a Master of Fire Safety Design (AKA fire engineering) and a number of other technical and management qualifications. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors. The majority of Alan's career has been spent working in State Government as a building regulator. This has included work on building regulations, codes, standards and associated matters. However, Alan has also worked in local government, post graduate education, and in engineering consultancy firms. His recent work has been focussed on building regulation reform policy.

As always, we will finish with networking over drinks. All CIBSE NSW seminars contribute towards your CPD activity, as part of your CIBSE CPD requirements.

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