Fire Safety Engineering

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Fire Engineering Performance Solutions

Fire engineering performance solutions are crucial for the current build environment. They allow us to design unique buildings that are safe. At CJK Fire & Safety we use a holistic approach and take time to understand the client’s ideal design. If engaged early, we assist during the design stage and advise on options to overcome compliance hurdles. We are also able to assist when it comes to identified non-compliance issues within existing buildings. This can be due to voluntary upgrades or Council or Fire Brigade notices or Fire Safety Orders. Typical fire engineering designs include extended travel distances to fire exits, compromised fire separation, reduced fire-resistance level, use of combustible materials, installations that vary from tested prototypes, omission of fire safety equipment, locations of fire-fighting equipment, proximity of external walls to fire-source features and much more.

Temporary Fire Safety Strategies

All buildings have approved fire safety strategies when they are completed. During repair or construction works, some elements that form part of the main fire safety strategy may become temporary unavailable. Therefore, it is advised to document and follow a temporary amended fire safety strategy that can be implemented until building works are fully completed. At CJK Fire & Safety we are experienced in developing such strategies for large commercial buildings, office buildings, theatres, and exhibition halls.

Fire Safety Upgrade Strategies for Existing Buildings

Buildings are generally built and designed with a purpose in mind, however over time they often change owners and use. In addition, legislation is amended over time and a building compliant today, may not meet legislative requirements in future. There is no “one-fits-all” solution for existing buildings therefore each of them requires a detailed assessment and a customised approach. Often, the fire separation is not sufficient, or the smoke detection system outdated. Sometimes, a change of use triggers different requirements for external walls and window openings or installation of additional equipment. Whilst compliance with the current version of the Building Code of Australia is not always possible, we ensure that buildings we assess reach and acceptable level of safety. Our previous projects are inter alia, fire safety upgrades due to fire safety concerns raised by Councils and Fire Brigades, changes from a residential use to office and vice versa, building extensions, post-fire upgrades and defects rectifications in aged care facilities and hospitals.

Fire Risk Assessments

Risk is defined as a product of a probability of occurrence and consequence. Fire risk assessments are an important tool to identify areas where fire safety danger is present and mitigate it. Risk assessments are conducted for new and existing developments or can involve analysis for an event or entertainment show. Hereby, we are looking into how likely a fire incident is to occur and if it does, what consequences it could potentially have for the building occupants, fire fighters and the building.

Combustible Cladding Risk Assessments

Combustible cladding installed to external building facades is currently under investigation in worldwide. This is majorly due to installation of combustible aluminium composite panels and combustible insulation to form the external façade, which got involved in large fires in Australia and overseas. Whilst the updated legislation, prohibits the use on non-conforming products on new developments, exiting installations can be subjected to risk assessments to identify areas requiring removal or treatment. CJK Fire & Safety has been conducting risk assessments for all types of buildings using various methodologies accepted within the industry. We have been able to successfully demonstrate that not all cladding needs to be removed and alternative risk mitigation methods are possible. Combustible cladding risk assessments require close collaboration with the project stakeholders, sample testing and development of building-specific fire safety strategies.

Peer Review Reports

Not all projects involving fire engineering are straight forward and hence often project stakeholders will agree to engage and independent fire engineer to review the proposed solutions and provide input to ensure that correct issues have been addressed and that the assessment was done correctly. Clearly, there is always more than one way of developing a design solution, however an independent peer reviewer can assist in improving it. We use peer review guidelines when providing peer review services and see our role as peer reviewer in assisting the project team in finding the most feasible solution for a project.

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Project Update June 2023

Project Update June 2023

Project Update June 2023 CJK is currently involved in a number of expert witness cases in both NSW...

Testimonials from our Clients

"CJK Fire & Safety has at all times displayed an ongoing commitment to the professional delivery of Fire Engineering services, from early planning through to practical completion, on a wide range of projects that All Construction Approvals has been associated with. Christina is flexible and responsive to Client circumstances and can cope with the demands of various size projects. I have found her to be responsive, insightful, easy to do business with, and genuinely committed to achieving positive outcomes that benefit the project and Client alike."

Harald W - Certifier

"This is a huge thanks on behalf of Maas Constructions (Dubbo) Pty Ltd for Christina, whose rapid, courteous & professional assistance got our project back on track, without the need for rework. This has saved or project both time & money. Congratulations on resolving our issue, we truly appreciate your "outside of the box" resolution.

We will certainly be in touch next time we need the services of a Fire Engineer."

James M - Builder

"Christina is a professional and diligent Fire Engineer with great attitude and excellent communication skills. I have engaged her services to prepare a Fire Engineering report for my project and she has been great to work with. Thank you Christina, and I look forward to working with you on more projects."

"We have been very impressed with Christina Knorr for the following reasons (amongst others):

  1. Timely response to all queries;
  2. Expert Report writing is at a high standard;
  3. Ms Knorr is approachable and easy to deal with; and
  4. Available to attend site inspections and meetings at short notice."

Harriet O - Lawyer

"We would like to thank you sincerely for your participation in Combustible cladding and other fire risks – where to now?

The high standard of our program is due to the wonderful level of commitment and excellent material prepared by our speakers to whom we and the legal profession are greatly indebted.

We aim to ensure the highest standards in educational experience and management."

Marlon Cabrera - Continuing Legal Education

"We have found CJK Fire to be prompt, professional and, most importantly, completely approachable. Fire compliance is an exceptionally complex area of understanding so it has been important for both our staff and our clients to have been offered the opportunity of personal meetings whenever necessary to carefully and thoroughly explain the proposed solutions.

CJK Fire has proven to be a valuable provider upon whom we can depend for excellence in service delivery and project outcomes."

Christine Kolenc - Senior Strata Manager

"CJK Fire & Safety, led by Christina Knorr, were able to provide us with a compliant solution that was:

  1. Cost effective
  2. Time efficient
  3. Enabled the client to maintain full operations with minimal disruption to all services for the duration of the project.
  4. Enabled the client to maintain critical health services during the COVID pandemic.
  5. Resulted in the entire project being completed within the tight schedule and within the designated budget (without any variations being submitted to the client throughout the duration of the project)."

Bruce Parker - Director

"Construction Legal has had the pleasure of working with Christina Knorr from CJK Fire & Safety .

Christina is the ultimate professional and has a knack for making engineering complex issues easy to understand for her clients. She has been assisting Construction Legal with expert services in relation to fire engineering issues and consistently delivers clear concise reports to tight deadlines.

We would not hesitate in using CJK Fire & Safety for other fire and safety matters."

Shawn Rippon - Director Major Projects Specialist

"Construction Specialties Australia have been using the fire engineering services of CJK Fire and Safety for the last 5 years. As a premium supplier we are involved in commercial projects that require highly technical and bespoke solutions.

We have found the directors to be hands on and skilled in presenting a range of options that result in a win-win for all stakeholders. The company are also accredited CIO Fire engineers which provides me reassurance that they have the necessary expertise and standards to be beyond reproach."

Bill Maloukis - General Manager

"CJK Fire & Safety provided a very thorough and detailed assessment of our building’s specific requirements and included a set of recommendations to help us formulate a plan which was accepted by our insurance company and that we are confident with, moving forward.

We very much appreciate their professionalism, commitment to excellence and their honest and ethical approach. We rely on CJK Fire & Safety engineers’ advice as we are embarking on this large-scale project and will recommend them to anyone looking for reliable and trustworthy fire engineering consultants."

Larisa Alexander - Strata Committee

"At InHouseGroup3, since that day one many years ago, Christina Knorr has presented under different entities and now under her own CJK brand.

I must say that we and our attendees over the years have immensely enjoyed her presentations and more so the relevance of the contents."

Alain Chazelles - Managing Director

"Construction Legal has had the pleasure of working with Christina Knorr from CJK Fire & Safety. Christina is the ultimate professional and has a knack for making engineering complex issues easy to understand for her clients. She has been assisting Construction Legal with expert services in relation to fire engineering issues and consistently delivers clear concise reports to tight deadlines.

We would not hesitate in using CJK Fire & Safety for other fire and safety matters."

Shawn Rippon, Director