A demonstration burn of two identical lounge room mock ups on 29th April 2019, a collaboration between the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA) and the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, displayed the life-saving value of new sprinkler requirements.
The lounge room without sprinklers reached flashover in five minutes and hit 926oC at head height. In the other lounge room, the sprinklers activated at 2:30 minutes and the room reached just 90oC. See the startling comparison below.
The only difference in the identical lounge room mock ups was the installation of a sprinkler system reflecting the new sprinkler requirements referenced in NCC 2019.