At Warringtonfire, we use a performance-based approach to customise a package of alternative fire safety measures for a design – allowing our clients to achieve their objectives but still maintain the level of fire safety required by the building code and approval authorities.

Fire safety is one of the major regulatory hurdles for new and existing buildings. Compliance with the prescriptive requirements of the Building Code and associated Australian standards often limit designers in achieving their vision and goals for a building project.

These building code requirements are generic and conservative in nature as they are intended to cover all possible design scenarios. They are also often based on the assumed worst case scenario.

 

What are performance solutions and DTS solutions? 

 

Complying With The NCC

The National Construction Code (NCC) is a performance-based code that contains all Performance Requirements for the construction of buildings.

Compliance with the performance requirements of the NCC is achieved by complying with the deemed-to-satisfy (DTS) provisions, the use of performance solutions or a combination of both methods – refer to Figure 1.

 

A DTS solution is a set of solutions noted in the NCC that are deemed to meet the performance requirements.

 

A performance solution is a flexible solution that has been designed for each individual situation to meet the level of quality of the building and is deemed to meet the performance requirements on a performance basis.

 

What is a performance based approach?

For fire safety, the performance requirements in the building code relate to several key areas such as:

  • Facilitating the evacuation of occupants from within a building.
  • Facilitating fire brigade intervention
  • Limiting the spread of fire from one building to another

As a part of a performance-based approach Warringtonfire use our fire engineering toolkit to analyse the building’s design against the relevant performance requirements to ensure they are met.

This performance-based approach allows designer options to achieve compliance with the NCC. Compliance with the prescriptive requirements (DTS) of the NCC and associated referenced documents (mostly Australian Standards) often limit designers in achieving their vision and goals for a building project.

Our performance-based fire safety engineering solutions allow for greater design flexibility and help our clients to maintain the original architectural and operational intent of the building. We consider the design and use of the building and provide safe and practical design outcomes. Our performance based solutions are benchmarked against the objectives and intent of the National Construction Code (NCC), allowing us to clearly demonstrate an acceptable level of performance and the suitability of our designs.

What is a performance-based design brief?

The purpose of a performance-based design brief is to consult all relevant stakeholders about a proposed development, any performance solutions and determine the appropriate assessment methodology, method of analysis and acceptance criteria. From 1 July 2021 this has become a mandatory requirement in the building code when developing a performance solution.

 

Why Warringtonfire for my performance solutions?

At Warringtonfire, we have experience working with fire brigades across Australia.

We work hard to achieve positive outcomes through the performance-based design brief process with stakeholders– including the design team, certifying authority, and the local fire brigade. 

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