Fire and passive fire protection

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Combating the growing fire risk

By Grant Pearce 1 October 2019, Build 174, Feature article

Wildfires can threaten homes on the urban-rural fringe, and the risk is growing. Scion is developing research tools to help communities and firefighters, but there are also simple home design considerations that can help protect people and homes.

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Concrete fire spalling

By Robert Jansson 1 June 2014, Build 142, Feature article

Fire spalling can drastically reduce the fire resistance of a concrete structure. During a PhD study, significant differences in spalling behaviour of concrete were found under different test conditions.

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Programmed to reduce risk

By Greg Baker 1 April 2012, Build 129

In a New Zealand first, a fire engineering computer program being developed by BRANZ will automate design fire generation and change current design practices with their inherent inconsistencies.

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