Key Changes to C/AS2

Key Changes to C/AS2

NOTE: This webinar was sponsored by the MBIE to provide an overview of new building law reforms. Originally aired on 9 May 2019, this webinar is offered on-demand and free of charge on our EquiPTV platform.

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  • C/AS2 is an Acceptable Solution for NZBC Clauses C1-C6 Protection from fire.
  • After consulting extensively with the sector MBIE will publish a new edition of fire Acceptable Solution (C/AS2) on 27 June 2019.
  • C/AS2 is now a single Acceptable Solution that replaces C/AS2–CAS7.
  • It provides a new means of compliance for most buildings for the fire provision aspect of the Building Code.
  • C/AS1 has not been affected and still applies to low-rise small dwelling units.
  • Buildings with complex features are outside the scope of C/AS2.
  • The new C/AS2 will have a transition period of three months.

Webinar purpose

  • This webinar will explain how the new edition of C/AS2, which replaces six existing documents (C/AS2 to C/AS7), will make it easier to find the information to do your job.
  • Find out about the key changes to performance settings and why the changes were made.
  • Discover how the new tables make it easier to determine fire safety system requirements for buildings with more than one risk group.
  • Know when C/AS2 becomes effective and the transition dates.
  • Attendees are encouraged to ask questions about the new edition of C/AS2 at the end of the presentation.

Webinar outcomes

By the end of the webinar, participants will:

  • Become familiar with the new edition of C/AS2
  • Learn about and understand the key changes
  • Know what hasn’t changed  
  • Be able to use the new document confidently
  • Know when new C/AS2 becomes effective and how the transition period will work.

Recommended audience

This webinar is suitable for:

  • Building Control Officers who process consents for Fire Acceptable Solutions
  • Any staff in local government with an interest in fire performance
  • Any professionals interested in the fire performance of the Building Code

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About the Presenters

 Saskia Holditch, B.Eng, B.Sc.

Saskia Holditch grew up in the sunny Caribbean on the Dutch island of St. Maarten and attended university in Rotterdam.

After a major hurricane demolished most buildings on the island of St. Maarten, she decided to upskill and became a fire manager/platoon officer at the Fire Academy in Holland. She married a Canadian who persuaded her winter was doable in Canada (it is not!) and spent ten years there working for the fire service (similar to a BCA) in fire prevention.

Three years ago she came to New Zealand (where snow shovels are not needed), working for a local hospital to improve building fire safety. In January 2019 she joined the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment as a fire engineer.