This guide has been developed for architects, designers and building consent officers to help provide a better understanding of the New Zealand Building Code (NZBC) Acceptable Solutions for Clause C Protection from fire. It is not intended as a basic introduction but assumes readers have some knowledge of the documents. Some of the content, such as tables that summarise requirements (for example, fire safety systems and surface finish requirements), may also prove to be useful to those who have a good working knowledge of the documents.
This guide should be used in conjunction with Acceptable Solutions C/AS1-7, as reference is made to various paragraphs within those documents.
The Acceptable Solutions provide one way of meeting the objectives of the NZBC. Buildings designed using the Acceptable Solutions will comply with clauses C1-C6 of the NZBC.