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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B-RISK live

By Greg Baker, Dr Colleen Wade 1 April 2013, Build 135

With BRANZ’s ground-breaking b-risk modelling software, fire safety engineers can now carry out simulations, input probabilistic design fires and model the effectiveness of various fire safety systems.

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Safe as houses?

By Ian Page 1 October 2013, Build 138

A BRANZ project found that over 10% of owner-occupied housing is at risk should a fire break out. Several things can be done to help fireproof homes, and most are reasonably low cost.

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