Maintaining a Building Warrant of Fitness can be a hassle, but none the less it must be done and someone has to do it. At Ultra Fire our team can look after all your BWOF requirements. We do all the fire requirements and your owners’ checks, then chase any other contractors you have to do other works like Air Conditioning, etc and get their reports and put them together to form the Building Warrant of Fitness.
If you have other contractors that look after things like Air Conditioning, Automatic Doors, Passenger Lifts, and your wondering whether you are getting the best deal or not, just contact our office and ask for our Business Development Manager and we’ll organise a bunch of other quotes to for you to choose from. You can either pay them direct or we can build it into our quarterly invoices for your ease of payment to one provider.
Fire and Building Compliance can be time-consuming so let us take the hassle out of it for you and make your life a little bit easier and give you the time to focus on things that make your business better.
It is a requirement that a fire evacuation scheme is in place and approved by the fire department.
These can be done by the building owner or manager as long as they fill the paperwork out. We supply these forms in our Building Warrant of Fitness Manual, we can also run your trial evacuations for you to ensure they are done.
Fire Extinguishers, Fire Blankets, Hose Reels, all need to be signed off annually also, plus they all have a life span which they must undergo a more rigorous test. It could literally save someone’s life, imagine going for a fire extinguisher pulling the pin and nothing coming out? or grabbing a fire blanket to save a colleague and it’s just falling apart in your hands? It’s not worth the risk make sure they are tested.
Building Warrant of Fitness
We can look after every aspect of your BWOF. Everything from Owners Checks to IQP Qualified Testers. We collect up all the certificates and form your building warrant of fitness and submit to your local council and will display it in your building. Failure to comply with council regulation and maintaining a BWOF could get you an infringement notice. Don’t let it be you.
An IQP is a person approved by a territorial authority as qualified to inspect, maintain and report on certain specified systems. ‘Independent’ means that the person has no financial interest in the building. The role of an IQP is to inspect, report on, and maintain the specified systems as detailed on the compliance schedule. The good news is we have a team of these guys ready to complete the inspection and we are on your side so if it fails we will assist you in getting it repaired as quickly and as easily as possible.
Remedials & Maintenace
From time to time components of your building may fail inspection, our service team will provide a clear timeline and cost effective quote to repair these works and get you back to been compliance as quickly as possible.
Multi Site Discounts
Are you a property manager or just own a lot of properties? Maybe you’re a business with multiple locations? Let our Business Development Manager do a quote across all your locations and give you a volumetric discount. Not only will we give you the sharpest price, in the unlikely event that our competitors quote it cheaper than us we will beat them by 15%.
I still have more questions
What is a Building Warrant of Fitness
A building warrant of fitness is a signed statement signed, stating that the requirements of the building’s compliance schedule have been fully complied with in the previous 12 months.
It makes sure that the specified systems in your building are maintained, inspected and reported on. This is important not only because it is required by the compliance schedule issued by Council but because it gives occupants, customers, and visitors to your building confidence about the building’s safety systems.
The compliance schedule lists the specified systems operating in a particular building, and the building warrant of fitness is an assurance that the specified systems have been inspected and maintained, and are continuing to operate as installed. A current copy of the building warrant of fitness must be displayed publicly in the building, and another copy must be sent to the Council each year on the anniversary date for the building warrant of fitness. Good news is Ultra Fire can take care of all of this.
The building warrant of fitness must be renewed annually on the anniversary date. Once satisfied that the specified systems have been maintained as per the compliance schedule, the independent qualified person (IQP) supplies an annual certificate (Form 12a) for each of the differnet systems, these are collected and filed with the Building Warrant of Fitness.
What is a specified system?
Specified systems are systems or features installed in a building that are crucial to the safety and health of the building and those who use it, or systems which, if they are not maintained, could cause injury or harm. When you apply for building consent, you must include a list of all specified systems in the building project.
When you need a building warrant of fitness?
If your building contains any of the following specified systems, you must have a building warrant of fitness:
- Automatic systems for fire suppression (for example fire sprinkler system).
- Automatic or manual emergency warning systems for fire or other dangers
- Electromagnetic or automatic doors or windows.
- Emergency lighting systems.
- Escape routes pressurisation systems.
- Riser mains for fire service use.
- Any automatic backflow preventers connected to a potable water supply.
- Lifts, escalators, travelators or other systems for moving people or goods within buildings. Note: this includes cable cars attached to a private dwelling.
- Mechanical ventilation or air conditioning systems.
- Building maintenance units providing access to exterior and interior walls of buildings.
- Laboratory fume cupboards.
- Audio loops or other assistive listening systems.
- Smoke control systems.
- Emergency power systems for, or signs relating to, a system or feature specified in any of clauses 1-13.
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- Any or all of the following systems or features, so long as they form part of a building’s means of escape from fire, and so long as those means also contain any or all of the systems or features specified in clauses 1 to 6, 9 and 13
- Systems for communicating spoken information intended to facilitate evacuation.
- Final Exits.
- Fire Separations.
- Signs for communicating information intended to facilitate evacuation.
- Smoke Separations.
Independent qualified persons (IQP)
An IQP is a person approved by a territorial authority as qualified to inspect, maintain and report on certain specified systems. ‘Independent’ means that the person has no financial interest in the building. Council does not perform building warrant of fitness inspections or certification for building owners, although from time-to-time they will carry out inspections for auditing purposes. The role of an IQP is to inspect, report on, and maintain the specified systems as detailed on the compliance schedule. It’s great to know we have a small army of these guys from Taupo to Auckland.
You are required by law to have annual written reports relating to the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures of the compliance schedule signed by each person who has carried out those procedures. We keep the reports in the handy Ultra Fire Building Warrant of Fitness Manual with the compliance schedule and make sure they are accessible when inspections are carried out.
What is a compliance schedule?
A schedule issued by the Building Consent Authority listing the specified systems within a building (e.g. sprinkler systems, lifts, smoke detectors). These systems ensure a building is safe and healthy for people to enter, occupy or use. The compliance schedule for a building must identify which specified systems are present, the performance standards for those systems, and who are required to inspect, maintain, and report that those systems continue to function as installed.
Obtaining a compliance schedule
For new buildings, a compliance schedule is issued with a code of compliance certificate. Where a compliance schedule has been issued for the first time, a compliance schedule statement is issued by the Council. This is a temporary public notification of compliance with the schedule requirements. It is replaced after 12 months, and every 12 months after that, by the building warrant of fitness.
The owner must display this document in a public area within the building.
Can’t find your Compliance Schedule or just want a copy of it for your own records? If you’re already one of our fantastic customers check in the front of your Ultra Fire Building Warrant of Fitness Manual. If you not our customer yet you can ask us for a copy and we’ll supply a competitive quote to do the works along with a copy of the compliance schedule or you can just request it from your local council.