Performance Codes Methodology and Structure

Unit code: VQB5642 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
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The unit introduces the student to the principles, methodology and scope of performance-based building codes in particular the National Construction Code, Australian Standards and State/Territory building control legislation (technical and administrative framework). It provides the student with an understanding of the structure of performance-based 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, liability will be provided. Bushfire Regulations will also be introduced in addition to consideration of maintenance of fire safety equipment; and the inspection process. In this unit students will have the opportunity to critically analyse a fire engineering report with reference to the above codes.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse, interpret and implement the fire safety performance provisions of the National Construction Code (NCC);
  2. Analyse, interpret and apply the legal, statutory and design integrity requirements that apply to the NCC;
  3. Critically review a performance-based fire safety solution document; and
  4. Evaluate compliance of design requirements throughout the operational life of a building.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Open book test, consisting of multiple choice/short answer questions.
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 10%
Research report based on the Regulatory Framework
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Assessment report pertaining to performance-based design and solutions
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 50%
Scenario-based Case Study Analysis (3 hours)

Required reading

Recommended texts and other reading and course materials will be listed in VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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