Frequently Asked Questions

You will need a computer with Internet access to access the NCC. Free access to computers with Internet is available at most local libraries, Internet cafes or accessing free Wi-Fi zones in your local area. Your local council or State/Territory building or plumbing administration may have a copy available for public viewing.

The ABCB has developed a guidance document titled ‘Development of a Performance Solution’ and a YouTube clip titled ‘NCC: Developing a Performance Solution’ which outlines the process, both of which can be found in the Resource Library.

In Part 3.7 of Volume Two of the NCC it outlines the requirements for fire safety. It details the prescriptive requirements for fire separation, smoke alarms, heating appliances, bushfire and alpine areas. Further information can be found in the NCC Volume Two Fire Safety Resource Kit.

In Part 3.12 in Volume Two of the NCC it gives two options for compliance. One option is to achieve an energy rating (or star rating) using house energy rating software. The other option is to comply with the requirements listed under the Part for building fabric, external glazing, building sealing, air movement and services.

Note: the requirements for services must be complied with even when an energy rating is used. Further information can be found in the NCC Volume Two Energy Efficiency Resource Kit.

In Sections C, D and E of NCC Volume One. These sections cover Fire Resistance, Provision for Egress and Fire Services and Equipment. Further information can be found in the NCC Volume One Fire Safety Resource Kit.

Once the classification of the building is determined, the rise in storeys must be calculated under C1.2. Once the classification and rise in storeys is known, these can be applied under table C1.1 to show the type of fire resisting construction required (i.e. type A, B or C). Further information can be found in the NCC Volume One Fire Safety Resource Kit.

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