CLOUD BASED ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES
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
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.