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C5 Access and safety for firefighting operations

Access and safety for firefighting operations: access, hazards information and unobstructed paths.

Certain buildings must provide appropriate access for fire service vehicles, firefighters and equipment, and the inlets to any automatic fire sprinkler systems or fire hydrant systems.  They must also deliver water for firefighting and information to assist firefighters (such as hazardous substances).

C1 provides objectives for each of the C clauses.

Most of the guidance applies to all of the C clauses and some relates to a specific clause.

There may be specific products and determinations under each code clause.

The 2019 1st edition of C/AS2 combining C/AS2–C/AS7 is summarised in this fact sheet.

Record of amendments is a record of changes to the Acceptable Solutions, Verification Methods and handbooks.

Updates

Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods

Current version

These are issued by MBIE to provide one way of complying with the Building Code and must be accepted by BCAs as demonstrating compliance with the related clauses of the Building Code. Using them is not mandatory.

 

Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods (AS and VMs) were called compliance documents. Some still have the “compliance document” title but the AS or VMs they contain are valid and unaffected by the name change.

Standards

Standards are frequently referred to in Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods. They provide practical information and guidelines for building solutions.

Over 120 building standards used for Building Code compliance are now available for free download.

See the free standards relating to Code Clause C5.

All standards, including the funded ones, can be accessed through the Standards New Zealand website.

Guidance

These documents are provided to assist Building Consent Authorities, building owners, designers and persons who carry out building work.

Related Determinations

A determination is a binding decision made by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. It provides a way of solving disputes or questions about the rules that apply to buildings, how buildings are used, building accessibility, health and safety.

Related building products

Product certification is a voluntary scheme that provideds an easily-understood and robust way to show that a building product or system meets the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code.

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: