This guide helps you to develop alternative solutions for complying with the performance requirements of New Zealand Building Code clauses C1-C6 Protection from Fire (the fire clauses).
It will be of interest to fire engineers and designers developing alternative solutions.
It is also for regulatory stakeholders (territorial authorities, building consent authorities (BCAs), Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ), regulatory reviewers) and others considering alternative solutions for these clauses.
This guide discusses alternative solutions and where they fit in the building regulatory system, what the New Zealand Building Code Protection from Fire clauses require, types of alternative solution suitable for fire design, and safety margins.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has produced this guide in accordance with section 175 of the Building Act 2004 (the Building Act), which relates to guidance published by MBIE’s Chief Executive. While MBIE has taken every care in preparing this document it should not be relied upon as establishing all the requirements of the Building Act. Readers should always refer to the Building Act and associated regulations as the source documents and be aware that for specific situations or problems it may be necessary to seek independent advice.
Note that all references to the Building Act in this guide are to the Building Act 2004 and all references to the Building Code are to the Building Code (Schedule 1, Building Regulations 1992) in force at the time of writing.