Australia now has a new building code with the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 coming into force on 1 May 2019.
This new code has legal effect across the entire country. It’s important to stay aware of what the changes mean for your building and its fire safety.
Summary of fire safety changes
The NCC now mandates sprinkler systems in new Class 2 (residential apartments) and Class 3 (hotel, motel and dormitory style accommodation) buildings of four or more storeys and less than 25 metres in effective height (generally buildings four to eight storeys) which meet the performance requirements for fire safety by way of DTS provisions.
These changes result from the recommendations of former Deputy State Coroner Hugh Dillon after a 2012 fire in Bankstown, where 21-year-old Connie Zhang died jumping from an apartment block that was not required to have sprinklers installed.
As a result of the changes, building professionals can look forward to:
The benefits of the new Code really make a positive impact on fire safety. It results in easier to understand guidance, more cost-effective and readily available fire sprinkler systems and less hassle as it won’t be enforced retrospectively.
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