Introduction

To build on and complement the package of fire safety measures for National Construction Code (NCC) 2016 Volume One Amendment 1, a number of related pieces of work are being undertaken. One of these is a Holistic Review of Fire Safety that will cover all commercial, industrial, residential and public buildings in NCC Volume One.

The Holistic Review of Fire Safety Project is being progressed in two stages, with Stage one being Class 2 and 3 buildings and Stage two being Class 4 – 9 buildings.

The Stage one review concluded that the current level of fire safety provided in the NCC for Class 2 and 3 buildings is adequate. However, some improvements are proposed for NCC 2019. A number of other changes for NCC 2019 are proposed due to the outcomes of several sub-projects that were focused on reducing unnecessary and redundant regulation, particularly in the area of fire safety. For more information, please read the ‘What happened to my survey response?’ ABCB Connect article.

Stage two: Class 4 – 9 buildings
Without compromising safety, the primary purpose of Stage two is to investigate whether the current level of fire safety provided by the NCC for Class 4 – 9 buildings is adequate, while ensuring the requirements are no more burdensome than necessary.

The NCC fire safety requirements are covered in numerous sections of NCC Volume One, including:
  • Section A General Provisions;
  • Section C Fire Resistance;
  • Section D Access and Egress;
  • Section E Services and Equipment;
  • Section G Ancillary Provisions; and
  • Section H Special Use Buildings.
In relation to the NCC fire safety requirements, Stage two is all-inclusive and is considering:
  • Performance Requirements;
  • Verification Methods;
  • Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) Provisions; and
  • referenced documents, such as Australian Standards. 
Stage two will scope the need for and nature of any work that may be required in relation to the NCC fire safety requirements for Class 4 – 9 buildings. To achieve this, three broad topics are being considered:
  1. Technical issues;
  2. Common Performance Solutions; and 
  3. Regulatory redundancy.
Survey
By responding to the survey questions, you can help us gather the information needed to determine the nature of any work that may be required in relation to the NCC fire safety requirements for Class 4 – 9 buildings.

The short survey is anticipated to take 10 to 15 minutes to complete depending on the level of information provided.

The survey closes on 29 October 2017.

All information submitted will be treated in accordance with the ABCB’s Privacy Policy.

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