Category: Newsletters

The Year that Was – 2017

Our industry is driven by passion and commitment, and the dedication that so many people have to making people’s lives safer wherever they live and work. New Zealand is a small country, our sector is small and so we are well placed to respond quickly and effectively to the challenges faced by the industry. We […]

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High-stakes high-rises

Understanding the fire safety features required for high-rise buildings includes looking at examples of building failure. The recent Grenfell Tower fire in London offers important lessons and timely reminders for fire engineers and those involved in the design, construction and management of high-rise apartments. Shortly after midnight on 14 June, a refrigerator caught fire in […]

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Just between us

Just between us  – more thought into inter-tenancy apartment walls The current apartment boom has resulted in much thought going into the construction of inter-tenancy walls in apartments. Inter-tenancy walls serve multiple functions. They hold the floors above. They provide fire protection for the structure holding the floors and fire separation from adjacent apartments and […]

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What’s in a job?

The answer is plenty if you’re considering a job in the fire safety and engineering industry. Attendees at the Fire Engineers Careers session at the FireNZ 2017 on the afternoon of day one of the Conference heard from a lineup of experienced professionals from across fire safety and engineering. The presenters spoke for just ten […]

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SFPEx 2017 – our inaugural ‘TEDx’ event

Something special happened on the morning of day three at FireNZ 2017 when Origin’s Michael James welcomed attendees to the inaugural SFPEx 2017 event. Adopting TED’s mission ‘ideas worth spreading’ Michael invited six young fire engineers to present at a TED-like event where the community comprised colleagues from around the country. SFPEx 2017 was created […]

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FireNZ 2017 Exhbition

The fifty-six exhibitors participating at FireNZ 2017 were pretty well set up by end of day one on Wednesday 11th October and looking forward to a further two days of networking, proposing and presenting products and services to colleagues as well as current and prosepctive clients at the Show. At the RyanFire Products stand, director […]

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It’s all about professional team work and trust

Origin’s Senior Fire Safety Technician, Christine Cann, is primarily responsible for delivering fire safety assurance for Auckland’s multi-faceted design and construction project management company, Contract Design & Management Ltd (CDM), and CDM’s client, Barfoot & Thompson; New Zealand’s largest privately owned, non-franchised real estate company. CDM operates across a wide range of construction disciplines. Origin […]

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Are New Zealand apartment buildings fire safe?

When it comes to the safety of our apartment buildings one thing we know for sure is that there is no such thing as absolute safety. Safety is about reducing risk to a tolerable level and another thing we know is that our perception of a tolerable risk can vary. For example there is currently […]

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MBIE Fire Programme Update

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have been busy advancing their fire program. The following is an update of key areas based on a series of presentations made to the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) by members that were on the working groups. Passive Fire Protection Responsibility to progress this important field […]

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Fire Design in Complex Offshore Infrastructure

In collaboration with Cowi Gulf A/S Fire Engineering and Arup London, Origin’s contracted Senior Fire Safety Engineer was recently engaged in the fire engineering design for the Oman Botanic Gardens Northern and Southern Biomes. The Northern and Southern Biomes are unique and impressive structures built to withstand the extreme climatic conditions of a harsh equatorial […]

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