The unit introduces the student to the principles, methodology and scope of performance-based building codes in light of Building Code of Australia, Australian Standards and State legislations (technical and administrative framework). It provides the student with an understanding of the structure of performance design and approval. The unit also covers estimation of acceptance criteria based on performance requirements, introduction to quantitative risk assessment and expected risk to life (ERL), and fire cost expectation (FCE) An introduction to legal issues, documentation, joint and several kinds of tortfeasor liability will be provided. Bushfire Regulations will also be introduced in addition to thorough life performance and maintenance of fire safety equipment; quality assurance and the building permit/inspection process. In this unit students will have the opportunity to critically analyse a fire engineering report with reference to the above codes.

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VQB5641 - Fire Safety Systems Design

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and interpret performance-based building codes;  
  2. Report on the design, structure and performance of buildings;  
  3. Interpret the legal, statutory and design integrity requirements;  
  4. Critically review a performance-based fire safety solution document; and  
  5. Review compliance of design requirements throughout the operational life of a building.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Assignment: Legislation and regulations (800 words) 15%
Report Fire safety engineering approval and practice (1700 words) 35%
Examination Exam (3 hours) 50%
The examination requires students to critically evaluate and assess building reports.

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