Building Code Assessments - Fire Engineered Alternative Solutions - Building Certification
Fire Safety Audits - Computer Modelling of Fire Spread and Smoke movement  
Post Fire Analysis - Fire Investigation - Insurance Work

Fire Engineering is used to give any building a lot more flexibility in design than is allowed by the prescriptive provisions of the Building Code of Australia (the BCA).It may be in the design or construction phase of a new building,  in an existing building, or following a fire, that it is noticed that a building doesn't, or can't, meet the requirements of the BCA. A quick phone call followed by an obligation-free meeting with Dolphin Fire Engineering Consultants can give you all your options to make your building comply with the BCA, taking into account your own objectives, needs, and wants, whilst maintaining occupant safety and preventing fire spread.

We do this by meeting the Performance Requirements of the BCA, instead of the Deemed To Satisfy provisions. This is called an Alternative Solution. The Performance Requirements  states the level of performance which a Building Solution must meet, instead of restricting us to the limits imposed by the BCA.

For example, the BCA states that no part of a building may be more than 20m to an exit, or 40m if there is a coice of 2 exits. By using a fire engineered approach, we can often extend these limits up to 60m or beyond.The Performance Requirement that we would have to meet in this instance would be DP4, which says

Exits must be provided from a building to allow occupants to evacuate safely, with their number,
location and dimensions being appropriate to—
(a) the travel distance; and
(b) the number, mobility and other characteristics of occupants; and
(c) the function or use of the building; and
(d) the height of the building; and
(e) whether the exit is from above or below ground level.


By using a combination of calculations, computer modelling of fire and smoke movement, occupant evacuation modeling, and expert advice, we can show that the occupants of a building may have more than enough time to exit the building safely, and therefore allow the building to have longer travel distances to an exit, or reduced exit widths, or a number of other non-compliances with the BCA.

Other BCA non-compliances regularly met using Alternative Solutions by 
Dolphin Fire Engineering Consultants


Fire Resistance Levels of building elements
Compartmentation and fire separation
Protection of openings
Number of exits required
Travel distances
Distance between exits
Dimensions of exits
Smoke lobbies
Requirements for sprinklers
Types of fire and smoke detection
Hydrant and hose-reel requirements
Smoke hazard management requirements - fan sizes and locations
Special hazards
Large isolated buildings
And many more....