Fire Safety

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.

Smoke Alarms

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has undertaken a smoke alarm testing program that provides information on recommended smoke alarm numbers, locations and toxicity performance. The FRNSW program report will be reviewed as will work undertaken by the ABCB in 2012 in respect to costs associated with numbers and location of smoke alarms. The ABCB will continue to develop a Verification Method for smoke alarms, based on work commenced under the Quantification of Performance project, in collaboration with FRNSW for possible inclusion in NCC 2022.

International Fire Safety Engineering Guidelines

The International Fire Safety Engineering Guidelines (IFEG) was last revised in 2005 and as a consequence of developments in fire engineering practice, research, technology and the accumulation of incident data it is necessary to conduct a revision of the IFEG in order to ensure its contemporary status is maintained.  IFEG will be revised to reflect the agreed regulatory status using the most appropriate / complementary fire engineering methodologies and data available. Collaboration with, and use of material produced by fire engineering associations, societies and standards writers both nationally and internationally will be considered.

Holistic Review of Fire Safety

To complement Stage one of the holistic review of fire safety project (Class 2 and 3 residential buildings), 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 NCC's requirements are no more burdensome than necessary.

Bushfire Provisions for Non-residential Buildings

The focus of this project is to consider the level of bushfire protection required for buildings used by vulnerable people, such as hospitals, schools and aged care facilities.

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.


Fire Safety in High Rise Buildings

2017 NCC Information Seminar presentation on 'Fire Safety in High Rise Buildings'. Read More

Do walls separating balconies require an FRL?

2017 NCC Information Seminar presentation on 'Do walls separating balconies require an FRL?'. Read More

Does a fire control centre need its own room?

2017 NCC Information Seminar presentation on 'Does a fire control centre need its own room?'. Read More

NCC: False Alarms

New YouTube clip on contributing factors to false alarms from smoke detection and alarm systems contained. View

Fire performance of external walls and cladding

Relates to the fire performance of external walls and cladding in NCC Volume One.

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NCC Volume One, Fire Safety Resource Kit

Performance based design solutions for fire safety in Class 2 to 9 buildings (multi-residential, commercial and public buildings). Read More

NCC Volume Two, Fire Safety Resource Kit

Performance based design solutions for fire safety in Class 1 and 10 buildings (residential buildings). Read More