The Importance of Fire Engineering
The importance of fire engineering
Fire engineering considers the safety of building occupants and therefore, protects people, property and the environment from fire destruction. With strict regulations in place around Life and Property Safety, 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 ensure a higher level of safety, while still allowing for architectural freedom and building usability.
Since 2018 this Kirk Roberts discipline has grown from one, in to a vibrant team of seven, including three experienced Chartered Fire Engineers, making us one of the biggest providers of fire engineering capabilities in New Zealand.
Led by Kaveh Azarbayjani, National Fire Engineering Manager, the team provide a range of technical solutions to meet our clients’ varied needs in projects all over the country, and can give vision and direction to projects, including design and construction, at all stages.
“Keeping people safe from the risks and effects of smoke and fire is one of the main key responsibilities in this industry,” say Kaveh, “so our team provides better solutions for buildings that should meet both an architect’s vision and client’s expectations while considering safety of the building’s occupants as well as protecting the properties”.
By facilitating departures from prescriptive codes, we add value, allowing architectural freedom as well as cost savings for clients.
Our capable team has been recently involved in Fire Risk Assessment projects for buildings, energy sectors and wildfire as well as expert witness or court/litigation involvement to audit buildings.
We are proud leaders in fire engineering, structural fire designs, and passive fire, providing these services for infrastructures and buildings of all sizes and levels of complexity. We work on simple residential units to apartments, complex hotels, multi-storey offices, and commercial/industrial developments.