Mandatory sprinkler protection for Class 2 and 3 buildings
There has been a shift in fire safety requirements for buildings with an effective height less than 25m. These buildings now need to be designed using a combination of active and passive systems.
Wednesday, 01st May 2019
Active safety systems, in this case, relate to the need for buildings to be sprinkler protected. The provisions apply to Class 2 buildings (apartments, multi-residential units, etc.) and Class 3 buildings (hotels, motels, etc.) with a rise of four storeys or more.
This resource outlines the changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) in relation to mandatory sprinkler requirements. Included in the resource are an outline of the new NCC provisions and an introduction to the two new sprinkler standards produced by the Fire Protection Association of Australia (FPAA).
As part of the new requirements, there are a number of concessions or offsets that are permitted to be used in the design and construction of any Class 2 or 3 building. The resource explains what these concessions include.
Links are provided in the resource to a downloadable edition of the NCC on the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) website and additional resources on the FPAA website regarding the sprinkler changes.