Emergency Lighting & Fire Detection – Multi Unit Development, Terrace St, Toowong

Trapp Architects required an emergency & exit lighting design and fire detection design for their building approval submission. All works were designed to comply with the National Construction Code parts E2 and E4.

Working in conjunction with the architects and lighting designer, BRS Electrical was able to produce a design which was both compliant and unobtrusive. The use of black fittings, and positioning these between architectural features, helped minimise any negative impact on the aesthetics of the building.

The fire detection system was designed to detect smoke and thermal signatures in all parts of the building in compliance with Queensland’s Building Fire Safety regulations. In particular, all detectors & alarms in common areas (such as the carpark, main switchroom and hallways) were interlinked and compliant with AS 3786. Likewise, detectors and alarms within each unit were interconnected in compliance with AS 3768. All detectors & alarms were battery-backed, and covered important areas such as entrances to bedrooms, carparks & stairwells.

The use of LED lamps in the emergency lighting fixtures is an important part of the design, as it serves the dual purpose of reducing energy usage and extending the life expectancy of the fitting. While a traditional fluorescent lamp can be expected to last around 9000 hours, the Stanilite LED fixtures used for exit luminaires have a 3 year warranty and estimated 100,000 hours of lamp life. This dramatically extended lifespan (along with reduced energy usage) will reduce overall operational & maintenance costs for the building.

BRS Electrical provided a Form 15 compliance certificate for all works completed, as required by the building approval.

BRS Responsibilities

  • Fire Detection Design
  • Emergency Lighting Design
  • Electrical Drafting