Using the Alternative solution summary table
The fire safety engineer should use the Alternative solution summary table to summarise the consultation and assessment status of alternative solution issues with Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW), and within the submitted fire engineering report (FER) version.
This form should be used when ongoing assessment of the alternative solution is likely. For a simple alternative solution undergoing single assessment when the construction certificate (CC) is being applied for, this table is not required. However if the alternative solution is likely to undergo a number of consultations and assessments by either FRNSW or the certifying authority, then this table should be completed and submitted with each corresponding FER version.
Scenarios where this form should be used include summarising the consultation process of a complex fire engineering brief (e.g. FEBQ) to identify new or revised alternative solution issues within the FER submitted when a CC is being applied for. The form should also be used when the development is going to be staged, where multiple CCs will be determined and issued, and the FER version will change with each CC being applied for.
The purpose of the table is to identify each alternative solution issue and the status of consultation or assessment of that issue. It is not a requirement for FRNSW consultation to occur on every issue, but if no consultation was undertaken then FRNSW is more likely to holistically assess the issue within the initial fire safety report (IFSR) provided to the certifying authority. The certifying authority may also require the fire safety engineer to consult with FRNSW on any issue identified by FRNSW as not meeting the performance requirements intended to be met.
Note: Consultation charges may apply to the fire safety engineer requesting such consultation.
Final responsibility for assessing and determining the application for CC rests with the certifying authority. Once the certifying authority issues the CC, the alternative solution issues are essentially locked into that certified design and submitted to the consent authority with a copy of the issued CC, plans, specifications and FER version. Any new or revised alternative solution issues being included in a successive FER version will need to be reassessed when the corresponding application to modify the CC is being made.
Alternative solution summary table (MS Word, 251 kb dotm)