C Protection from fire

There are six Building Code clauses related to protecting people in and around buildings, limiting fire spread and helping firefighting and rescue.

Supporting them are two verification methods and three acceptable solutions, based on the occupant activity in all or part of a building.

Each clause has an objective (see C1), and there may be specific products and determinations under each clause. However, most guidance applies to all of the clauses and most requirements cross over a number of other Building Code clauses, including structure and access.

Change of use and alterations of a building can trigger the need for upgrades to the fire safety systems.

Specified systems and compliance schedules has information for building owners about their responsibility to maintain active and passive systems according to their compliance schedule.

Record of amendments is a record of changes to the acceptable solutions, verification methods and handbooks.

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