Category: Fire Engineering

FireNZ 2018 – Best Conference Yet!

As he concludes his first year as president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), it makes perfect sense that Michael James would describe FireNZ 2018 as “the best conference yet” – and feedback on FireNZ 2018, held 26-28 September 2018 at ASB Baypark Stadium in Mt Maunganui has been good all round. Bay […]

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Compliance Challenges: Security vs. Means of Escape

Michael James presented “Security versus Means of Escape”at the ABC (Association of Building Compliance) Conference, which was based around achieving compliance and how we might be able to overcome some  compliance challenges. We often don’t appreciate the value of compliance until something goes wrong or we are faced with the challenge of bringing something up […]

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Balancing Fire Safety with KiwiBuild Homes

Balancing fire safety objectives with KiwiBuild drive for high quality, low cost homes Origin’s managing director and President of the Society Fire Protection Engineers (NZ Chapter), Michael James, presented at the New Zealand Chinese Building Industry Association Summit, an exceptionally well-attended event on 27 July, followed by trade and public days on 28 and 29 […]

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Emergency lighting and exit signage

The IQP’s role is critical in the compliance and ongoing maintenance of emergency lighting and exit signage. Origin’s Emergency Lighting Engineer, Clive Revie, recently presented ‘Emergency Lighting Design, Inspection and Maintenance Requirements’ to IQPs (Independent Qualified Persons) from the Association of Building Compliance (ABC). They gathered in Auckland to learn more about New Zealand emergency […]

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Fire and Emergency NZ – Live Fire Burn

Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) organised a live fire burn demonstration early May 2018 and we were privileged to be there. Etienne Hermouet, Engineering Team Leader at Fire and Emergency NZ Auckland, kick-started the day with a health and safety briefing and an overview of the five different live-burns, four of which were freight containers […]

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Enabling improved performance in the passive fire industry

Enabling improved performance in the passive fire industry The industry response to improving the standard of passive fire stopping cables, pipes and ducts passing through fire rated walls and floors is improving rapidly in New Zealand. Increasing numbers of specialist contractors are responding to the ‘improved fire stopping’ demand and are making the use of technology […]

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Notes from the SFPE 12th International Conference

Notes from the SFPE 12th International Conference The Society of Fire Protection Engineers 12th International Conference on Performance Based Codes and Fire Safety Deign Methods was held in Hawaii from April 23 – 26 and SFPE’s New Zealand president, Michael James attended, along with a contingent of fire engineers from New Zealand. Michael shares his […]

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Sleeping with the Fishes in a Muraka (Coral) Wonderland

Putting a whole new spin on the concept of Maldivian luxury and exclusivity, the region’s first-ever underwater bedroom, the Muraka (Coral), serenely located 5 metres underwater on the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort, is ready to welcome guests. The Muraka, encased in glassy tunnels and surrounded by tropical fish, promises a unique experience that is […]

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Wayne Joseph: Fire Protection Engineer

Since joining the fire industry in South Africa, Wayne Joseph’s professional career has been one of constant study. He‘s experienced in almost every aspect of the fire sector, from fire-fighting and protection, through design, installation, inspection, certification and servicing. His career-long commitment to study assures him he is current and relevant wherever he is tasked […]

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Auckland housing for one million more

Following on from Michael James’ recent Industry Transformation Agenda (ITA) story about approaching a better built New Zealand, Wendy James writes following the attendance of a number of the Origin Fire team at an Engineering New Zealand presentation where Homes, Land and Community (HLC) chief executive, Chris Aiken, was guest speaker on Auckland housing. HLC is […]

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