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.
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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.
As our housing becomes more densified, do current fire safety controls need to change to keep people safe from fire? A new BRANZ research programme is looking at this, focusing initially on fire resistance and fire spread.
Designers need to show that heavy timber buildings maintain their stability during and after a fire. A joint research project has initial findings on the fire performance of mass timber construction joints to help.
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.
BRANZ’s research into improving the fire safety of our housing is making good progress with two new projects recently added to the programme.
Cavity barriers are not well understood and have been causing some controversy. Here, we clear up some of the confusion around these building elements and their role in fire spread.
As the push for more timber construction continues because of its low carbon attributes, further research into the fire safety of timber products is important. Recent BRANZ projects added to the available knowledge.
The occurrence of wildfires is growing and is no longer only the concern of fire services. Designers and builders must start thinking now about the houses they construct and how resilient they will be in a world of increased fire risk.
There are many benefits from a focus on quality in construction. At the practical level, there are fewer call-backs and more satisfied clients. Beyond that, higher-quality buildings deliver healthier environments for living and working. At the top level, they can be inspirational.