Feedback and Engagements
Over the last few years, we've sought your feedback to reduce unnecessary red-tape in the NCC.
You may have since wondered what happened to your responses and whether they resulted in any changes to the NCC?
We’re using the information you provided to review a number of requirements in the NCC. The following provides a snapshot of key project outcomes including a number of proposed changes for NCC 2019 Volume One.
- The need for the current NCC battery separation requirements in Class 2 – 9 buildings was investigated as a result of industry’s claims the requirements are too stringent.
- A proposal to relax the requirements will be included in the NCC 2019 public comment draft.
Fire hose reels
- A Regulation Impact Statement concluded that fire hose reels are not necessary in Class 5 buildings on the proviso that fire extinguishers are installed.
- The change will be included in the NCC 2019 public comment draft.
- The cost savings are estimated at around $68 million in Net Present Value terms.
Fire brigade availability
- A definition of ‘fire brigade availability’ has been developed and will be included in the NCC 2019 public comment draft.
- Where the fire brigade is determined to not be available because of distance and time to reach a particular building, a fire hydrant system would not be required.
Emergency Warning and Inter-communication System (EWIS) in universities
- A proposal to delete requirements for EWIS in university style accommodation will be included in the NCC 2019 public comment draft.
Class 2 and 3 buildings
- Fire safety concessions for Class 2 and 3 buildings under 25m in effective height fitted with a sprinkler system, based on the current Victorian variation, have been developed and will be included in the NCC 2019 public comment draft.
- The package of changes will also recognise a number of ‘common Performance Solutions’ which are proposed for inclusion in the NCC as Deemed-to-Satisfy Solutions.
The NCC 2019 public comment draft will be available in early 2018 for download from the Resource Library. This will provide further details on how your contributions have helped shape the code, as well as provide an opportunity for further comment to assist the ABCB finalise NCC 2019.