Burn shows sprinkler value ahead of NCC 2019 adoption

Posted on : Wednesday, 1 May 2019

With the new National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 coming into effect on Wednesday 1 May, national media was shown the life-saving value of new sprinkler requirements in a demonstration burn on Monday 29 April.

Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) collaborated to organise the burn with the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, of which the Association is a member, and Fire and Rescue NSW.


The demo set fire to two identical lounge room mockups, one without sprinklers and one installed with a sprinkler system reflecting the new Technical Specification FPAA101D, which is referenced in NCC 2019 under the new requirements for sprinklers in medium-rise residential buildings.


The loungeroom without sprinklers reached flashover in five minutes, and hit 926°C at head height. In the other room, the sprinklers activated at 2:30 minutes and the room reached just 90°C. A comparison of the rooms following the fire is shown below.

The demonstration burn was featured in television, radio and newspaper media outlets nationally, raising public awareness of the life-saving value of fire sprinklers in the home, and of the new requirements in NCC 2019.