Category: Fire Engineering

Curtain Wall Firestopping: The two standards

Curtain Wall Firestopping: The two standards  Curtain wall design has been common in commercial construction for more than 30 years. However, in New Zealand there have been no firm standards or testing procedures for fire protection of exterior curtain walls and floor-to-wall perimeter voids. In 2019 the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) suggested […]

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Design Coordination – Why it’s important

Design coordination: The role of a Fire Engineer By Michael James We regularly receive questions from clients and architects about PN22 Design Coordination Statements. These can range from what exactly it is and do to do it, through to whether it is optional and who is responsible for doing it. The PN22 design coordination statement […]

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Fire safety considerations when building a sleep-out

Fire safety considerations when building a sleep-out There’s no question that a sleep-out is a great addition to any backyard. Usually in the form of a cabin and separate from the main house, a sleep-out is mainly used as hobby room, home office or storage space. It does not contain cooking or kitchen facilities and […]

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Guidelines for Peer Review in the Fire Protection Design Process

The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) has recently released a revised digital download of their ‘Guidelines for Peer Review in the Fire Protection Design Process’. The 2020 edition of this guideline provides an overview for clients, as well as the overarching requirements for fire engineering peer review works, and peer reviewers. The new document provides relevant […]

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Firestopping in the Design Phase

Fire Stopping in the design phase; why it’s so important Firestopping or Passive Fire Protection is the use of construction elements within a building that are designed to prevent or delay the spread of fire, smoke, and heat from passing through multiple building compartments. The spread of a fire is contained by creating fire resistant […]

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COVID-19 Alert Level 1 Response Plan

During Alert Level 1, most of Origin Fire staff will continue to work remotely. This will allow us to work without disruptions should there be a future change in Alert Levels. However, staff required for meetings and site inspections will be available to conduct those activities. PROTOCOLS AT OFFICE Staff Staff who want to work […]

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How to conduct site inspections during Alert Level 3

The team at Origin Fire are committed to ongoing co-operation with our clients & contractors to enable site inspections under COVID-19 Alert Level 3. Origin Fire staff will work remotely under Alert Level 3. However, staff required for site inspections will be available to conduct the inspections. Outlined below are the basic guidelines that the […]

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Spotlight on Emergency Lighting

Spotlight on emergency lighting Origin provides emergency lighting design, inspection and advice to clients for a variety of projects. Emergency lighting is a ‘specified system’ under The Building (specified systems, change of use and earthquake prone buildings) Regulations 2005. It is a critical aspect of the of the health and safety of people in buildings […]

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Fire Safety Sprinkler Solution for Townhouses in Henderson

Creating a fire safety solution through use of sprinkler systems in newly built Auckland luxury homes. With a land area of 1184m², the vacated site at 46 Te Kanawa Crescent, Henderson could readily accommodate the nine brand new townhouses envisaged. In addition, a 50 metre long right of way to the site meant any new […]

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Fire safety focus elevates to higher priority

Fire Safety even more so at the forefront of focus for 2020 In 2019 fire safety came to feature more prominently for a number of players in the design and construction sectors and Michael James expects this safety focus to carry even more weight in 2020, whether it’s around the alteration and refurbishment of exisiting […]

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