The development of fire safety regulations of the built environment to minimise the impact of fire is an evolving process.
This means practitioners need to regularly maintain and refresh their knowledge of the National Construction Code (NCC) fire safety provisions so they can stay-up-to date with change and innovation.
We are pleased to announce the release of a new NCC Continuing Professional Development (CPD) online course that provides guidance and understanding of the NCC requirements and associated design principles for fire safety.
This new Fire Safety course is primarily targeted at design practitioners, however, it may also be relevant to other practitioners using the NCC and working with fire related matters. It has been recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects as Formal CPD through its Refuel CPD Program.
NCC CPD forms part of the Australian Building Codes Board’s response to the Shergold and Weir Building Confidence Report (BCR). Fire safety was one of the key motivating factors behind the Building Ministers commissioning the BCR to examine ongoing issues with defects, non-compliance and barriers to innovation.
One of the foundational principles of the NCC fire safety provisions is ensuring occupants can safely exit the building in the event of a fire. The course content explains the key factors that contribute to achieving this, such as protection from heat and smoke, risks to the integrity of the building and requirements for structure and materials.
The 2 hour course aims to help practitioners feel confident in designing innovative buildings, and demonstrate to clients and colleagues that their talents are backed by appropriate learning and credentials. It incorporates substantial and relevant detail across 6 chapters. It includes, for example, explanations of design features that support fire safety. The relevant standards are also detailed to enable participants to cross-reference with regulatory guidance materials and previously acquired professional knowledge.
This course ensures practitioners have a thorough understanding of how their work must address both active and passive requirements. It will also aid the documentation process by ensuring they have knowledge of which parts of the NCC are relevant to each specific measure or approach.
Because building use, building form and building context all play a role in determining the level of risk, the course explains how practitioners can determine which provisions need to be applied for a specific project.
To find out more about the Fire Safety course, visit the NCC CPD website.