In the event of fire in a building, occupant safety and the protection of adjoining property are fundamental requirements of building regulations. The following projects are being undertaken to ensure the robustness of the fire safety provisions.
Assessing the performance of combustible external wall assemblies
Standards Australia has developed a new Australian Standard (AS 5113) which provides an accurate indication of the fire performance of wall claddings and wall assemblies. AS 5113 will be referenced in a new Verification Method that will enable industry to verify the fire performance of external cladding systems against the relevant Performance Requirements of the NCC
A National Advisory Note has been developed by the ABCB to assist practitioners on the appropriate selection and use of external wall claddings on buildings.
International Fire Safety Engineering Guidelines
The objective of this project is to review the ‘International Fire Engineering Guidelines’ (IFEG) and revise it to the degree necessary to maintain its status as a contemporary and effective guideline for designing engineered fire safety systems for buildings.
Holistic Review of Fire Safety
To complement Stage 1 of the holistic review of fire safety project, Stage 2 will scope opportunities to improve the NCC’s Deemed-To-Satisfy (DTS) fire safety requirements for Class 4 to 9 buildings. The project seeks to improve code compliance and affordability for the built environment, and identify deregulation opportunities.
Bushfire Provisions for Non-residential Buildings
The objective of this project is to expand the existing NCC requirements for the protection of buildings located in bushfire prone areas to include certain non-residential buildings. Buildings used by vulnerable people, such as hospitals, schools and aged care facilities, will be the focus of the project.
Understanding the NCC's Fire Safety Provisions
Comprehensive NCC fire safety resource kits for Volume One and Volume Two of the NCC are available. These are complemented with a number of short videos from our recent NCC Information Seminar series.
Non-compliant use of External Cladding Products on Buildings, Consultation RIS
Examines the non-compliant use of external cladding products on high rise (Type A and B) buildings.Read More