Open Space around Large Isolated Buildings

The Building Code of Australia allows buildings to be constructed in excess of the floor area limitation specified providing the building allotment complies with open space around large isolated building requirements. Open space around large isolated buildings will be nominated by the building surveyor/ building certifier in the essential safety measures determination/ schedule.

Building Code of Australia

Part C Compartmentation and Separation, clause C2.4(a) specifies the requirements for open space around large isolated buildings.

The following illustration depicts the open space around large isolated buildings.

The following part extract from clause I1.1 Safety Measures (as appeared in BCA 2013) covers open space around large isolated buildings:

Table I1.11 SAFETY MEASURES – BUILDING CLEARANCE AND FIRE APPLIANCES

Safety Measures BCA Provision for Determining Standard of Performance
Open space around large isolated buildings C2.3, C2.4

Essential Safety Measures Audit – Open Space around Large Isolated Buildings

An essential safety measures auditor to ensure fire safety compliance must be aware of the requirements under clause C2.4 open space around large isolated buildings and ensure an inspection around the whole building is performed. Any deficiencies should be noted in the building’s essential safety measure logbook to allow the signing of the Annual Statement, Annual Certificate Compliance, Annual Fire Safety Statement and Annual Maintenance Statement.