Changes to the BCA and how they affect the fire prevention industry

The Australian Building Codes Board has recently issued an NCC 2022, which will be adopted by Australian states and territories on 1 May 2023.

One of the major changes to the NCC 2022 is its structure and format.

We look at these changes to the NCC structure and how they affect the fire prevention industry.

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About the National Construction Code

The proposed NCC 2022 code is Australia’s primary set of technical design and construction provisions for buildings and sets the minimum requirement for the safety, health, amenity, accessibility and sustainability of certain buildings.

Our Senior Fire Systems Designer, Kamal Adhikari, attended a detailed briefing on the changes, how to interpret them and what changes we should expect in the fire protection industry.

The structural changes

A key takeout from the training session conducted by the Australian Building Codes Board was the understanding that the entire structure of the code has changed, not just a few sections.

The changes will impact how we reference clauses and specifications, which will differ from how we reference the current NCC (NCC 2019).

The code will also influence the fire system design certificates and Annual Fire Safety Statements (AFSS).

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How the changes affect the fire prevention industry

As modern technology and construction trends shift, the NCC has emphasised the need to evaluate the fabric of each building and ensure the fire system considers materials used, fire compartments, evacuation strategies, fire ratings, firefighting support and active and passive fire specifications.

The NCC 2022 structure and format changes are intended to improve usability and initiate a modern approach to the code by digitising the clauses.

Significant changes have been made around energy efficiency measures and additional condensation management to meet the growth of this market.

The need for fire safety experts

Although the revised NCC 2022 is more refined, provides clarity and offers more guidance than its predecessor,  it’s clear that those planning construction projects need to commission a wider group of fire professionals.

As the construction of buildings becomes more complex, so do the compliance requirements, and this is where DEM Fire is positioned perfectly to offer fire safety expertise.

NCC compliance may not be easily achievable in complex and modern buildings due to various reasons, which is where our experience as fire systems designers and engineers becomes invaluable as we provide solutions to our clients that meet NCC compliance.

“This is where our expert rubber meets the road as we offer each client comprehensive scenarios based on the building and fire system design,” says Kamal.

Need some help unpacking the new NCC code and how the new fire system regulations affect your business? Contact us to book an appointment with our accredited fire safety practitioners.

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