A preliminary BRANZ study into the fire performance of hollowcore concrete floors suggests that conventional fire design requirements for precast floors may need to be reviewed.
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When combustible materials like timber are included in a façade system, the evaluation of vertical fire spread risk requires testing the system as a whole. There are several key things to consider.
To simplify the consenting process for structural insulated panels (SIPs), we need to know how they perform locally. A BRANZ research project is helping by examining SIP durability, earthquake and fire performance.
With few restrictions in the Building Code limiting the use of lithium-ion batteries for energy storage systems or charging electric vehicles, the question is are they safe? BRANZ looked at incidents reported over 10 years to find out.
BRANZ, sponsored by Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ), recently researched the toxic smoke inhalation hazards of building contents in building fires – a primary cause of death and injury.
Is New Zealand striking the right balance of fire safety measures in multi-storey apartment buildings? We look at requirements in several countries to see how we compare.
Controlling fire spread between residential buildings and outbuildings is important for protecting life and property. We recap the requirements and look at an area of confusion – fire rating of windows and doors in walls close to a boundary.
The new New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Fire Engineering) should help ensure a steady stream of fire engineering technicians entering the industry.
Timber is an attractive material choice for use in tall buildings, and its use is growing. However, as it is a combustible material, there are concerns around fire safety and specific fire design is required.
There are many different roles in building fire safety. To smooth the career pathway, various educational options are available to suit different careers.