NCC 2022: Fire Safety [On Demand]

NCC 2022: Fire Safety [On Demand]

NCC 2022 Update: Fire Safety (On Demand CPD)

2 Formal CPD Points 
On Demand
This course forms one part of a four-session NCC 2022 Update Series. Each session in this series comprises a two-hour  presentation equivalent to 2 formal CPD points, and can be purchased individually.

Follow these links to secure your bundle and individual session enrolments:

NCC 2022 Update Series: Complete Bundle Offer

NCC 2022 Update 02: Energy Budgets
NCC 2022 Update 03: Condensation
NCC 2022 Update 04: Livability and Accessibility




In this session, Mathew Freeman provides a comprehensive update on the new fire safety provisions relating to a range of issues and typologies including external wall combustibility, bush fire prone zones, fire detection and early warning, and early childcare centres and primary schools in high rise buildings.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Identify the NCC changes adopted to better accommodate potential emergency evacuation challenges in high-rise early childhood centres 
  • Demonstrate understanding of updated egress requirements for primary schools
  • Describe the changes to Section C Fire resistance introduced in NCC 2022
  • Articulate the NCC 2022 DTS provisions for relevant Class 9 buildings in bushfire prone areas
  • Apply updated performance requirements for fire detection and early warning, fire-fighting flow rate and pressure, and fire safety quantification

NSCA 2015 Performance Criteria

Our NCC 2022 Update Series course will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2015 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

Design: Pre-Design
Identification, analysis and integration of information relevant to siting of project.

Design: Conceptual Design
Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider regional, contextual and environmental issues.
3.4 Design response incorporates assessment of relevant legislation, codes and industry standards.

Design: Schematic Design
Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts.
4.4 Inclusion of expertise of relevant specialists and consultants in developing the project design.
4.7 Coordination and integration of appropriate environmental systems, including for thermal comfort, lighting and acoustics.

Documentation: Detailed Design
Evaluation and integration of regulatory requirements.

Documentation: Documentation
Nomination of quality and performance standards with regard to selected materials, finishes, fittings components and systems.

Project Delivery: Construction Stage
Monitoring project requirements and objectives as described in project documents are met.


NSCA 2021 Performance Criteria

Our NCC 2022 Update Series course will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2021 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

PC 1 
Comply with the regulatory requirements and obligations pertaining to practice as an architect, including legislation, professional codes of conduct, obligations for continuing professional development and professional indemnity insurance.

PC 12 
Provide independent, culturally responsive and objective advice in accordance with relevant building codes, standards, technical specifications and guidelines, and planning regulations, including climate change implications, across all aspects of architectural practice.

PC 16 
Be able to apply risk management and mitigation strategies – including safety in design, project risk, requirement for resilience from the impacts of climate change and appropriate insurances – across architectural services.

PC 28 
Be able to draw on knowledge from building sciences and technology, environmental sciences and behavioural and social sciences as part of preliminary design research and when developing the conceptual design to optimise the performance of the project.

PC 31 
Be able to identify, analyse and integrate information relevant to environmental sustainability – such as energy and water consumption, resources depletion, waste, embodied carbon and carbon emissions – over the lifecycle of a project.

PC 32 
Be able to apply planning principles and statutory planning requirements to the site and conceptual design of the project.

PC 33 
Be able to investigate, coordinate and integrate sustainable environmental systems – including water, thermal, lighting and acoustics – in response to consultants’ advice.

PC 41
 Be able to coordinate and integrate input from specialists and consultants into the detailed design and documentation.

PC 45 
Be able to nominate and integrate quality and performance standards with regard to selected materials, finishes, fittings, components and systems, considering the impact on Country and the environment, and the whole life carbon impact of the project. This includes integrating life cycle assessments and other expertise and advice from consultants.

PC 46 
Be able to produce project documentation that meets the requirements of the contract and procurement process and complies with regulatory controls, building standards and codes, and conditions of construction and planning approvals.

PC 58 
Complete documentation – including specifications, drawings, schedules, reports, certification and approvals – and other project information for issue to the client and relevant authorities, as required under the construction contract and relevant building and planning codes.

Master of Ceremonies


Principle, ECOdesign Architects + Consultants

Nigel Bell (FRAIA) is principle of ECOdesign Architects + Consultants, working from Katoomba (NSW) studio with decades of experience in balancing ecologically sensitive sites, client and Authority requirements, tight budgets - and now bushfire issues across regional areas.  Project work extends from residential to small commercial, government and eco/tourism, with a string of local, state and national awards.  Nigel has been a Churchill Fellow (1994), with his practice being judged the Blue Mountains "Outstanding environmental business" (2001). His Banksia Environmental Award ecotourism project (Jemby-Rinjah Lodge) had been the leading ecotourism and environmental education facility through the 1990's and more - but has burnt down in the recent mega-fires.    

Nigel has long been involved in educational and teaching work across universities, TAFE, community, through to schools.  Using his research and facilitation skills from social ecology higher degree study, this led from 2009 to facilitating recovery within bushfire devastated communities in Victoria including leading the community visioning followed by a design charette. Further involvement occurred following the 2013 local bushfires, assisting both in recovery and enhancing sustainable architectural design.  

Nigel has written four Environmental Design 'Notes' on bushfire and sustainability matters (most recent published last October 2019); is an Al Gore trained "Climate Leader'; has been elected to two terms as NSW AIA 'Chapter Councillor'; and three terms to the 'NSW Architects Registration Board' in seeking positive change within the profession. 

In consequence, Nigel has a strong history and commitment to people, planet and place, extending the architectural ethos into regional areas, community involvements, and past that of promoting elite architecture. 



Mathew Freeman

Technical Development Lead (Fire AU), Holmes Australia LP

After 14 years of experience in the Fire Engineering industry, Mathew has successfully completed a wide variety of projects ranging from small residential dwellings, to large multi-use developments. Within Holmes, Mathew has also grown through the business and as Branch Manager in Sydney and then later as Branch Manager in Melbourne he has established the Holmes Melbourne office. His role has included the growth of not only the fire engineering team but also the management of project delivery, costs and required company resources. His role as a technical lead in the business enables his experience and detailed fire knowledge to be shared across his project teams and clients to ensure his attention detail and efficiency is met on his projects. His sector experience encompasses, health, residential, educational, commercial, retail, industrial and infrastructure projects.

Whilst Mathew’s primary role on projects is the development, justification and documentation of Performance Based Fire Engineering Solutions, he also reviews the Deemed-to-Satisfy requirements of the BCA in relation to fire safety, providing the client viable options to best satisfy the projects economic, environmental and innovative goals.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) fire models is Mathew’s main field of expertise and is used to investigate fire behaviour and predict the movement of smoke within a wide variety of buildings and structures including shopping centres, tunnels and stadia.  Additionally, utilising agent based occupant movement models to predict the time taken for occupants to evacuate buildings is also within Mathew’s expertise.



Acumen Note: Performance Solutions in Fire Engineering

This note discusses Performance Solutions associated with fire safety matters in the National Construction Code, and how they can be used to facilitate flexibility in design, cost efficiencies and environmental sustainability.

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