Our fire engineering design services are available for buildings of all sizes and levels of complexity, from simple residential units to apartments, complex hotels, multi-storey offices, and commercial/industrial developments.
Fire engineering is an increasingly important discipline within New Zealand’s construction industry. High-profile fires internationally have highlighted the need for comprehensive fire engineering design to provide the required level of safety, while still allowing for architectural freedom and building usability.
We provide designs for buildings that will meet your architect’s vision and your requirements while considering the safety of building occupants.
Our fire engineers are experienced in the use of advanced fire engineering tools and computer modelling packages. By analysing smoke spread within buildings, occupant evacuation time and exposure to radiation along egress routes, we can determine if the building is safe enough for the occupants as well as the requirements for protection from spread of fire to adjacent title boundaries for life safety and for property protection.
We are proud to be leaders in fire engineering, structural fire, passive fire protection, and active fire designs; working only with trusted specialists to protect you from costly project risks and delays, which may result from use of incorrect products or installation methods.
Our services include
Designing and providing fire design solutions to achieve code of compliance using prescriptive methods (i.e. NZBC Acceptable Solutions).
Designing and providing fire design solutions using Verification Method C/VM2 for buildings with design features that are outside the scope of Acceptable Solutions, complex characteristics, and where design flexibility is required.
Designing and providing solutions to Alternative Solutions and specific engineering design solutions by using performance-based fire engineering design approach.
Adding real value to projects by facilitating departures from prescriptive codes allowing architectural freedom and cost savings in designs
We use computer modelling programs to simulate fire and smoke spread in a 3D model and then cross references this with the evacuation modelling.
Using radiation calculations and much more, allowing architectural freedom and flexibility in designs for boundary walls.
Remediation works as part of existing building review and assessments for compliance and using As Nearly As Reasonable Practicable (ANARP) discussions, as per Section 112 (and Section 115) of the Building Act.
Active fire designs for life and property protection of buildings as well as firefighting water supply assessments to support civil designs.
Due diligence survey reports when buying a new building, to compare the existing fire safety features of a building with the current requirements of the New Zealand Building Code.
Structural Fire Assessments and quantitative analysis for buildings (using NZ standards, Eurocode, and international guidelines) to add value to buildings using less conservative requirements.
Design/legal advice with regards to subdivision title change, waiver, relocation, or re-definition of boundaries, as per Section 116A of the Building Act.
Construction monitoring, contract administration, review and issue of Producer Statement (PS4) to sign off buildings.
Expert witness or court/litigation involvement to audit buildings, and producing detailed reports of any areas concerning non-compliant design or construction.