Corrections to 2019 C/AS2 Acceptable Solution

Posted: 25 October 2019

Building Controls Update 254
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On 27 June 2019, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) published the new C/AS2 (Acceptable Solution for Buildings other than Risk Group SH) for fire.

The document combines what were previously six separate Acceptable Solutions for fire into one.

Although every attempt was made to ensure the new document was correct, some unintentional errors occurred. The Building System Performance branch is planning to address these issues in the next biannual Building Code update, which will go out for public consultation in February 2020.

In the interim, three priority corrections will be made immediately to C/AS2 to coincide with the end of the transition period (31 October 2019). These are:

1. Within the scope for risk group WB, under 'Storage activities such as', a typo was made including the word 'no' (see the corrections as per the red mark-ups below). Refer to page 34 in 2019 C/AS2, Table 1.1 WB.

Table 1.1

Risk groups and limitations
  Risk GroupApplies to

WB

Business, commercial and low level storage

Professional activities such as: Offices (including professional services such as law and accountancy practices). Laboratories, workshops (including mechanics workshops). May contain storage with a capable height of storage of less than 3.0 m.

Industrial activities such as: Factories, processing and manufacturing plants (excluding foamed plastics) with a capable height of storage of less than 3.0 m.

Storage activities such as: Buildings or part of buildings capable of storage no more than 5.0 m in height). Warehouses and storage buildings (other than those listed above), capable of storage no more than 5.0 m in height, but with a height to the apex no greater than 8.0 m and total floor area of no more than 4200 m2. Temperature controlled storage with a capable height of storage of less than 3.0 m, other than some limited areas in processing areas, or up to a maximum area of 500 m2 with a maximum capable of storage height of 5.0 m.

Intermittently occupied buildings (other than outbuildings) such as: Light aircraft hangers, buildings containing fixed plant and/or fixed machinery and spray painting operations whether or not in a spray booth.

 

2. Re-inserting the requirement for a Type 9 in Table 2.2b for buildings in risk group CA with an occupant load between 251 and 1000 people, and an escape height between 4 and 10 metres. Refer to page 43 in 2019 C/AS2.

 

Table 2.2b

Minimum fire safety systems by type required for crowd uses, risk group CA1
Risk groupOccupant loadEscape height (metres)
0< 4≥ 4 to < 10≥ 10 to < 25≥ 25
CA < 100 22,3, 186 23, 186 44,5, 9, 186 44,5, 9, 15, 186 7, 9, 15, 18
100 to 250 23, 186 23, 186 44,5, 9, 186 44,5, 9, 15, 186 7, 9, 15, 18
251 to ≤ 1000 44,5, 186 44,5, 186 44,5, 9, 186 44,5, 9, 15, 186 7, 9, 15, 18
> 1000 7, 9, 186 7, 9, 186 7, 9, 186 7, 9, 15, 186 7, 9, 15, 18

Notes:

Fire safety system types are as defined in Table 2.2.

1. Refer to Paragraph 2.2.2 for additional requirements that apply to early childhood centres.

2. This system is not required in single level buildings where the escape route serves no more than 50 people.

3. Provided the use is not as a cinema or theatre, a Fire and Emergency New Zealand connection is not required if a phone is available for 111 calls.

4. Where the environment is challenging for smoke detection, the Type 4 system may be substituted with a Type 3 system with supplementary smoke detection.

5. May be substituted with a Type 6 system where the building’s occupant load does not exceed 500, each floor is a firecell, intermediate floors comply with Paragraph 4.13.4, and there are no sleeping area firecells within the building.

6. Not required where the height from Fire and Emergency New Zealand vehicular access to any floor is less than 15 m and Fire and Emergency New Zealand hose run distance to any point on any floor is less than 75 m, as measured from Fire and Emergency New Zealand vehicular access.

 

3. Amending Table 2.2c to allow for the substitution of a Type 3 with additional smoke detectors where the environment might be too challenging for a Type 4. With the development of the new table in the 2019 C/AS2, key footnotes were erroneously left out. Where the occupant load is 100 to 250 and 251 to 1000, and the escape height is between 0 and <4 metres (four fields altogether), footnote 4 should be added to allow for this substitution. Each of the four boxes should read: 44,5,6, 187. Refer to page 44 in 2019 C/AS2.

Table 2.2c

Minimum fire safety systems by type required for working uses, risk groups WB and WS
Risk groupOccupant loadEscape height (metres)
0<4≥4 to <10≥10 to <25≥25
WB < 100 21,2,3, 187 22,3, 187 44,5, 9, 187 44,5, 9, 15, 187 7, 9, 15, 18
100 to 250 44,5,6, 187 44,5,6, 187 44,5, 9, 187 44,5, 9, 15, 187 7, 9, 15, 18
251 to ≤ 1000 44,5,6, 187 44,5,6, 187 44,5, 9, 187 44,5, 9, 15, 187 7, 9, 15, 18
> 1000 7, 9, 187 7, 9, 187 7, 9, 187 7, 9, 15, 187 7, 9, 15, 18
WS ≤ 1000 6, 187 6, 187 6, 187 6, 15, 187 6, 15, 18
> 1000 7, 187 7, 187 7, 187 7, 15, 187 7, 15, 18

Notes:

Fire safety system types are as defined in Table 2.2

1. This system is not required in single level buildings (excluding storage buildings with a storage height greater than 3.0 m) where the escape route serves no more than 50 people.

2. A Type 3 system is required where the storage height exceeds 3.0 m.

3. A Fire and Emergency New Zealand connection is not required if a phone is available for 111 calls.

4. Where the environment is challenging for smoke detection, the Type 4 system may be substituted with a Type 3 system with supplementary smoke detection.

5. May be substituted with a Type 6 system where the building’s occupant load does not exceed 500, each floor is a firecell, intermediate floors comply with Paragraph 4.13.4, and there are no sleeping area firecells within the building.

6. A Type 3 system is permitted to be provided in firecells used for storage where the storage height is over 3.0 m.

7. Not required where the height from Fire and Emergency New Zealand vehicular access to any floor is less than 15 m and Fire and Emergency New Zealand hose run distance to any point on any floor is less than 75 m, as measured from Fire and Emergency New Zealand vehicular access.

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