Equipment & Safety Installations

Until the publication of the 2014 edition of the Building Code of Australia ("the Code") it included Part I1 that provides a definition of Equipment & Safety Installations. These definitions have since been removed however this section continues to lives on.
Russ Porteous
CEO, Firewize

In Volume One, Part I1 of the 2013 edition of the National Construction Code ("NCC") included details of a equipment and safety installations. This reference was removed in the 204 edition of the NCC however its legacy remains widely used across Australia.

  • Building fire integrity
  • Means of egress
  • Signs
  • Lighting
  • Fire-fighting services and equipment
  • Air handling systems
  • Automatic fire detection and alarm systems
  • Occupant warning systems
  • Lifts
  • Standby power supply systems
  • Building clearance and fire appliances
  • Other measures
  • Building use and application

These safety measures contain additional references for safety measures as they apply within the NCC.

Building Fire Integrity

Table I1.1 Safety Measures - Building Fire Integrity
Safety Measure BCA provisions for determining standard of performance
Building elements required to satisfy prescribed fire-
resistance levels
Section C, D1.12
Materials and assemblies required to have fire hazard properties C1.10
Elements required to be non-combustible, provide fire protection, compartmentation or separation C2.5 to C2.14, C3.3, C3.11, D1.7, D1.8, E1.3, G3.4
Wall-wetting sprinklers (including doors and windows required in conjunction with wall-wetting sprinklers) C3.4, C3.8, C3.11, D1.7, D1.8, G3.8
Fire doors (including sliding fire doors and their associated warning systems) and associated self- closing, automatic closing and latching mechanisms. C2.12, C2.13, C3.4 to C3.8, C3.10, C3.11, D1.7, D1.8, D1.12.
Fire windows (including windows that are automatic or permanently fixed in the closed position) C3.4, C3.8, C3.11, D1.7, D1.8
Fire shutters C3.4, C3.5, D1.7, D1.8
Solid core doors and associated self-closing, automatic closing and latching mechanisms C3.11
Fire protection at service penetrations through elements required to be fire-resisting with respect to integrity or insulation, or to have a resistance to the incipient spread of fire C3.12, C3.13, C3.15
Fire protection associated with construction joints, spaces and the like in and between building elements required to be fire-resisting with respect to integrity and insulation C3.16
Smoke doors and associated self-closing, automatic
closing and latching mechanisms
Specification C2.5, D2.6, H1.3
Proscenium walls (including proscenium curtains) H1.3

 

Means of Egress

Table I1.2 Safety Measures - Means of Egress
Safety Measure BCA provisions for determining standard of performance
Paths of travel to exits D1.6
Discharge from exits (including paths of travel from open spaces to the public roads to which they are connected) D1.7, D1.9 to D1.11, D2.12, G4.3, G4.6, G4.7
Exits (including fire-isolated stairways and ramps, non-fire-isolated stairways and ramps, stair treads, balustrades and handrails associated with exits, and fire-isolated passageways) D2.2, D2.3, D2.8 to D2.11, D2.13, D2.16, D2.17
Smoke lobbies to fire-isolated exits D1.7, D2.6
Open access ramps or balconies for fire-isolated exits D2.19 to D2.23
Doors (other than fire or smoke doors) in a required exit, forming part of a required exit or in a path of travel to a required exit, and associated self-closing, automatic closing and latching mechanisms D1.6, D2.19 to D2.21, D2.23

 

Signs

Table I1.3 Safety Measures - Signs
Safety Measure BCA provisions for determining standard of performance
Exit signs (including direction signs) Specification D1.12, E4.5, E4.6, E4.8
Signs warning against the use of lifts in the event of fire E3.3
Warning signs on sliding fire doors and doors to non-required stairways, ramps and escalators. C3.6, Specification D1.12
Signs, intercommunication systems, or alarm systems on doors of fire isolated exits stating that re-entry to a storey is available D2.22
Signs alerting persons that operation of doors must not be impaired D2.23
Signs required on doors in alpine areas, alerting people that they open inwards G4.3
Fire order notices required in alpine areas G4.9

Lighting

Table I1.4 Safety Measures - Signs
Safety Measure BCA provisions for determining standard of performance
Emergency Lighting E4.2, E4.4

Fire Fighting Services & Equipment

Table I1.5 Safety Measures - Fire Fighting Services & Equipment
Safety Measure BCA provisions for determining standard of performance
Fire hose reel system E1.4, AS2441
Fire hydrant system (including on-site pump set and fire-service booster connection) E1.3, AS 2419.1
Automatic fire sprinkler system E1.4, AS2441
Portable fire extinguishers E1.6, AS 2444
Fire control centres (or rooms) E1.8
Provisions for special hazards E1.8

Air Handling Systems

Table I1.6 Safety Measures - Signs
Safety Measure BCA provisions for determining standard of performance
Smoke hazard management systems; - Automatic air pressurization for fire isolated exits - Zone smoke control system - Automatic smoke exhaust system - Automatic smoke and heat vents - Air handling systems (which may contribute to smoke spread) - Miscellaneous air handling systems covered by sections 5 and 11 of AS/NZS 1668.1 serving more than one fire compartment E2.2
Carpark mechanical ventilation system F4.11
Atrium smoke control system Specification G3.8

Automatic Fire Detection & Alarm Systems

Table I1.7 Safety Measures - Automatic Fire Detection & Alarm Systems
Safety Measure BCA provisions for determining standard of performance
Smoke and heat alarm system Clause 3 of specification E2.2a, AS 3786
Smoke and heat detection system Clause 4 of specification E2.2, AS 1670.1
Atrium fire detection and alarm systems Clause 4 of specification G3.4, AS 1670.1

Occupant (Emergency) Warning Systems

Table I1.8 Safety Measures - Emergency Warning System
Safety Measure BCA provisions for determining standard of performance
Emergency warning and intercommunication system E4.9, Clause 6 of specification G3.8
Building occupant warning system Clause 8 of specification E1.5, Clause 6 of specification E2.2a

Lifts

Table I1.9a Safety Measures - Stretcher Facilities in Lifts
Safety Measure BCA provisions for determining standard of performance
Stretcher facility in lifts E3.2
Emergency lifts E3.4
Passenger lift fire service controls E3.7

Standby Power Systems

Table I1.10 Safety Measures - Standby Power Systems
Safety Measure BCA provisions for determining standard of performance
Standby power supply systems E3.4, Clause 6 of specification G3.8