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BC Update 192: Release of Practice Advisory 18 – Fire Safety Design for Tall Buildings

Posted: 13 July 2016

BC Update
MBIE has released a new Practice Advisory outlining best practice in fire safety design for tall buildings.

Practice Advisory 18 outlines specific issues that must be considered for the design of tall buildings to comply with the performance requirements of the Building Code and that need to be worked through during the Fire Engineering Brief process. Promoting best practice fire safety design is especially important given the advent of high-rise developments in Auckland, some of which are at heights not seen before in New Zealand.

The guidance is particularly aimed at:

  • Building owners and developers
  • Architects
  • Fire engineers
  • Structural engineers
  • Building Consent Authorities.

Due to their height, tall buildings have unique fire safety considerations – especially because of the time required for all occupants to evacuate safely and for firefighters to stage firefighting operations.

This Practice Advisory covers:

  • Structure stability, resilience and fire resistance
  • Fire-fighting access and facilities
  • Phased evacuation and evacuation to a place of safety inside a building
  • Effectiveness and resilience of systems
  • External cladding systems
  • Fire Engineering Brief.

It also includes links to useful international guidance.

Practice Advisory 18: Fire Safety Design for Tall Buildings

This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: