Fire alarm systems in buildings revised Standard published


6 October 2010

Standards New Zealand has published a revised Standard for Fire detection and alarm systems in buildings, NZS 4512:2010. NZS 4512 provides requirements for fire alarm systems in buildings to enable a fire warning to operate as early as possible, help to prevent loss of life, and to protect New Zealand buildings from fire.

NZS 4512 provides up-to-date specifications for the design, manufacture, installation, and maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems, both manually-operated and automatic. NZS 4512 is typically used by specifiers, designers, equipment suppliers, installers, inspectors, and maintenance persons.

'The revision incorporates material from formal interpretations, changes to the New Zealand Building Code Compliance Documents (particularly Type 5), and enhancements, corrections, and clarifications requested by users,' says David Prosser, committee chair. 'This will ensure that NZS 4512 remains a dynamic document that adapts with the challenges and changes experienced by the fire protection industry.'

'No significant changes have been made in equipment design requirements,' says Prosser. 'Most changes relate to installation, documentation, procedures, qualification of personnel, and inspection – these changes are focused on getting things 'right first time' and clarifying areas of ambiguity or practical difficulty.'

Order NZS 4512:2010 from Standards New Zealand's website, or call 0800 782 632 during business hours, or email


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