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.

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 one of the holistic review of fire safety project, 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.

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.


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