Building Code of Australia: Part D1: Provision for Escape: External Stairways of Ramps

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that our clients ask us what protection is required to protect the occupants using an exit path from exposure to a fire within the building. The exit stair is required to be protected from any part of the external wall of the building which has a fire resistance rating of 60/60/60 or any openings… Read more

BCA: Part D1: D1.3 Fire-Isolated Stairways and Ramps

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia in Part D1 Provision for Escape contain clause D1.3 When fire-isolated stairways and fire isolated ramps are required. This article provides an explanation for designers of this clause requirements. Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue What options are available when a stair connects three storeys in Class… Read more

D1.2 Number of Exits Required: Building Code of Australia: Part D1

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia in Part D1 ‘Provision for Escape’ contains clause D1.2 ‘Number of exits required’. This article provides designers with an example of exit requirements for a Class 2 building. Building Code of Australia: Clause D1.2 – Issue Various requirements apply to exits in a Class 2 building with a… Read more

Part D1: D1.6 Dimensions of Exits: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors raises a question concerning the Building Code of Australia in Part D1 ‘Provision for Escape’, D1.6 ‘Dimensions of Exits and Paths of Travel to Exits’. Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue How are exits treated for plant rooms at different levels within a storey (roof top plant room)? Building Code of Australia: Clause –… Read more

BCA Part D1 Provision for Escape: D1.4 Exit Travel Distances

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors raise the question, can a stair connect four storeys without being fire isolated under Part D1 of the Building Code of Australia? The single stair in this BCA example can connect three consecutive storeys plus one additional storey if this additional storey is used solely as a carpark or the building is sprinkler protected or the required stair is fire separated from the additional storey and does… Read more

BCA Part D1: Provision for Escape: D1.2 Occupant Access to Two Exits

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Part D1 ‘Provision for Escape: Occupant Access to Two Exits’ is quite specific about egress requirements for a building over 25 metres in height. The following information will help clients understand the requirements and when they apply.  Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue Two exits are required in buildings exceeding an effective… Read more

BCA Part D1: Provision for Escape: D1.8 External Stairways or Ramps in Lieu of Fire-Isolated Exits: External Stair

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Part D1 Provision for Escape contains clause D1.8 External Stairways or Ramps in lieu of Fire-Isolated exits. The following information will help clients understand this clause. Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue The external exit stair must not be exposed to openings in the building under Part D1 of the BCA. Building Code of Australia: Clause –… Read more

BCA Part D1: DI.2 Occupant Access to Two Exits: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia Part D1 ‘Provision for Escape: Occupant Access to Two Exits’ is quite specific about egress requirements for a building over 25 metres in height. The following information will help clients understand the requirements and when they apply.  Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue Two exits are required in buildings exceeding an effective height of 25m under Part… Read more

Part D1: D1.8 External Stairways: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Part D1 Provision for Escape contains clause D1.8 External Stairways or Ramps in lieu of Fire-Isolated exits. The following information will help clients understand this clause. Building Code of Australia: Clause – Issue The external exit stair must not be exposed to openings in the building under Part D1 of the Building Code of Australia. Building Code of Australia:… Read more

Part D1 Provision for Escape: D1.2: Building Code of Australia

AUST – HENDRY building surveyors advise that the Building Code of Australia in Part D1 ‘Provision for Escape’ contains clause D1.2 ‘Number of exits required’. This article provides designers with exit requirements for a Class 2 building. Building Code of Australia: Clause D1.2 – Issue Various requirements apply to exits in a Class 2 building with a basement carpark. Building… Read more