unforeseen material additions to common areas & escape routes

unforeseen material additions to common areas & escape routes
By Phil Murphy

The reinforced concrete walls make it difficult to chase-in any new wiring so that it is embedded them into walls in the way you would expect to find in a regular dwelling/house.


Boxing around pipes associated with the heating and hot water system, and around new ventilation ducts, are seen in this example, making inspection of compartment penetrations difficult, again.


Also the combined additional fire loading, on escape routes, of flammable materials is not something that can be ignored. It's an escape route that was intended to remain totally free of any flammable material. The boxing in this block was found to be made from regular chipboard and has had to be replaced (in escape routes) throughout the block by a less flammable alternative.