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Passive Fire Risk Protection Tool – BRANZ

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On February 14, 2019
This Passive fire risk analysis / assessment tool has been developed by Maynard Marks and released by BRANZ. This tool has been designed to provide a basis for assessing the means of escape from fire risk caused by defective passive fire construction. Furthermore this flows onto  whether it may be “reasonable and practicable” to repair. […]
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Passive fire compliance seminar a hot event

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On August 15, 2018
Many commercial buildings around New Zealand are putting lives and property at risk because they don’t comply with fire safety standards, says John Lucas   He became aware of this problem from insurers doing risk surveys and is leading an international seminar this month to highlight the issues and work on solutions. Some risk surveys […]
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Leading the way in Fire Penetration Applications – Christchurch and Selwyn District Councils

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On June 24, 2018
This week Passive Fire Protection Applicators hosted representatives from Selwyn and Christchurch District councils to perform a walk through education /  induction on site of our passive works. They attended our Christchurch BUPA construction site led by our Operations Manager David Swain to display what PFPA are doing to raise the bar of install work […]
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FPANZ Passive Fire Protection Systems – Register of Products

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On June 10, 2018
PFP Applicators recently attended the FPANZ seminars throughout NZ launching the long awaited Passive Fire Protection register.Please find attached link to this valuable information. PASSIVE+Register+2018+Issue+1+Rev+2+release (1) This register of certified products, lists Passive Fire Protection systems that have been formally issued with a laboratory report in accordance to AS 4072.1 – 2005, AS 1530.4-2005. The register […]
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Passive Fire Protection Installers Required – Christchurch & Wellington

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On May 13, 2018
        Passive Fire Protection Applicators needed. www.pfpa.co.nz is setting the highest standard of work in passive fire protection applications. With our head office based in Christchurch  and a new office in Wellington we install and apply product for commercial building projects using innovative products. Our company has projects nationwide and due to […]
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Akaroa Fire Station Upgrade – Passive Fire Works

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On March 13, 2018
After 35 years the Akaroa Volunteer Fire Station is getting upgraded. Passive Fire Protection Applicators were the chosen Passive Fire Installer for this challenging Job by Watts & Hughes construction. David Swain Operations Director of PFP Applicators ” For a number of applications it was more cost effective in the short term as well as […]
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ANZAC Fire Station Installation – Wainoni Christchurch

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On November 16, 2017
PFP Applicators have been asked to perform a number of installations on behalf of Cook Brothers Construction for the new Wainoni / Anzac Fire Station located on the corner of Wainoni Road & Anzac Drive  in Christchurch. PFPA were proud to be asked to perform these installations on a NZ Fire Service Building and the […]
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‘New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors Passive FIRE CPD Roadshow Nov 2017’

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On November 8, 2017
With an estimated 98% of  NZ Buildings non-compliant in Fire Protection (BRANZ 2017) these types of events are critical to start raising awareness and influence change. PFP Applicators attended this event in Christchurch and were thrilled to have some of their work showcased by Alan Page of Olsen Fire & Risk. Some of our works […]
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SouthBase Construction – Lichfield Street Carpark

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On October 22, 2017
Recently on the Southbase construction carpark build on Lichfield street, AMT Mechanical chose to contract PFP Applicators to ensure AMT’s retrospective HVAC installations meet the stringent passive fire protection standards. AMT Mechanical Services are one of NZ’s market leading specialist contract firms that provide environmentally efficient HVAC systems that cover commercial heating, ventilation and air […]
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Compliant and Non Compliant Works

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On September 6, 2017
Many of  the jobs we attend are for retrospective works. Even with current awareness within the industry we are on a daily basis (including new construction) non-existent and non-compliant passive work. Take a look at a few recent examples of poor workmanship found recently.     Now compare to some of our Compliant works: No […]
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Voom Cafe -Hereford Street- Passive Fire Works Completed

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On September 2, 2017
Passive fire works have been now been completed by PFP applicators on behalf of Creative Edge on Voom cafe on Hereford street. Operations Manager David Swain “These works were particularly challenging retrospective applications working in confined spaces.”  “We pride ourselves on the difficult jobs” Says Swain. For further information on these or any other PFP […]
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Forte Health Building Peterborough Street- Passive Fire Works Completed

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On September 2, 2017
Forté Health is Christchurch’s newest private hospital, featuring state of the art surgical and patient facilities, in one of New Zealand’s safest and environmentally sound buildings. On behalf of AMT Mechanical, Passive Fire Protection Applicators undertook and completed passive works on the new Forte Health Building on Peterborough Street in Christchurch. For additional information you are welcome […]
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FPANZ Conference – 2017 – We will see you there

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On August 6, 2017
FPANZ Conference is confirmed and PFP Applicators will be attending. This year is already looking to be bigger than any other year.  This Year FireNZ is on October 11th-13th at the ASB Showgrounds Greenlane, Auckland. Still time to register to learn more about our exciting industry. Passive Fire Protection FPANZ Conference – A4 Flyer FireNZ […]
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Wellington – Queensgate Mall – Passive Fire Applications – Naylor Love & PFPA

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On August 3, 2017
Passive Fire Protection Applicators have completed the passive work installation at Queensgate Mall. The project based in Lower Hutt was “particularly challenging” said PFPA Operations Manager David Swain. “This was an existing building with sitting tenants. ” “A good deal of the work scheduled for the day needed to be pushed back and performed outside […]
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Fire protection walls in Christchurch Hospital buildings compromised

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On July 7, 2017
STACY SQUIRES/STUFF Holes were discovered in some Christchurch Hospital fire walls, prompting a review.  Some patients at Christchurch Hospital could die from smoke inhalation in the event of a fire because there are holes in some of the facility’s fire walls, a fire protection expert says. Fire walls were found to be compromised in some […]
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Passive Fire Issues unearthed on fire collars, sealant around plumbing penetrations, dampeners and mechanical ventilation systems

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On July 4, 2017
Leaky buildings are proving to be just the tip of the iceberg when apartment owners call in inspectors. One consultant says he’s dealing with repair bills of tens of millions of dollars, and deeper inspections often open up “a can of worms”. “We’re finding that we’re [opening] these buildings up and there’s fire protection issues […]
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BNZ Building – Hereford Street – Christchurch

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On July 2, 2017
PFP Applicators were proud to install passive fire applications in this building on behalf of AMT Mechanical. This BNZ building designed by Sheppard & Rout Architects this large (30,000 square metres) is a mixed-use commercial building running between Cashel Street and Hereford Street in central Christchurch. This was the site of the pre-quake Whitcoulls Building […]
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Lower Hutt Queensgate Mall works commences with Naylor Love Construction

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On June 25, 2017
Naylor Love Construction, one of N.Z’s most respected construction firms has partnered with Passive Fire Protection Applicators in Wellington to aid in the completion of Queensgate Mall Carpark re-development. Part of Queensgate Mall was damaged in the November 2016 earthquake and part of this was subsequently demolished in March 2017. Passive Fire Applicators are working […]
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Which NZ buildings have Aluminium cladding like London’s Grenfell

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On June 19, 2017
London’s Grenfell Tower disaster and the role its aluminium cladding played in the spread of fire has ignited concerns in New Zealand about which apartment towers have similar cladding. Sean Marshall, managing director of property and construction industry consultants Prendos, questioned how safe some high-rise residential towers are here. “There is a risk in New […]
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Passive Fire Installations – 112 Cashel Street Christchurch

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On May 20, 2017
Passive Fire Protection Applicators are proud to be working with Cook Brothers Construction and Olsson Fire and Risk on the new build on 112 Cashel Street Christchurch. 112 Cashel Street is located in an exceptional position earmarked for high end Retails new heart of CBD facing Plymouth Lane ; hence every part of the build […]
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Passive Fire Protection Applicators – Branz Seminar Sudima Hotel Christchurch

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On March 28, 2017
Passive Fire protection Applicators were invited to attend the BRANZ PFPA seminar at the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch on Tuesday 28th March. The presented their new guide, for a copy of this report please contact dave@pfpa.co.nz Considerable evidence exists to show that, in a large proportion of buildings, passive fire protection is not being effectively […]
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BRANZ Guide to Passive Fire Protection in Buildings NZ – March 2017

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On March 15, 2017
BRANZ Guide to Passive Fire Protection in Buildings – Download the complete Guide BRANZ GUIDE TO PASSIVE FIRE PROTECTION IN BUILDINGS CONTENTS 1. Introduction 1 2. Definitions and abbreviations 3 3. What is passive fire protection? 6 Separation of firecells 8 4. New Zealand Building Code and performance requirements 9 Determining the fire resistance of […]
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BRINGING FIRE SPRINKLERS INTO HOMES – Build Magazine

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On March 1, 2017
The simplest, most efficient and cost-effective solution to house fires is a home sprinkler system. This can now be integrated into the domestic plumbing. See below article publisher by Branz in their Build magazine http://www.buildmagazine.org.nz/assets/PDF/Build121-56-Bringing-Fire-Sprinklers-Into-Homes.pdf  
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Oakland Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire Toll Climbs To 30

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On December 4, 2016
OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The official death toll in the Oakland Ghost Ship Warehouse fire grew to 30 mid-day Sunday after firefighters spent the night meticulously searching the burned-out wreckage of the dilapidated two-story building that served as an illegal music venue. Of those 30 victims, only three have been positively identified by family members, […]
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Passive Fire Protection Facing Active Crisis

  • Posted by webmadstaff
  • On April 22, 2016
Where there’s smoke there’s fire the old adage goes, but smoke is a potential killer and spoiler of goods and property, moving rapidly to find gaps in walls, ceilings and compromised or poorly built passive fire protection systems encouraging flames when they should be contained. Keith Newman uncovers the worsening crisis in passive fire protection and what’s […]
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Passive Fire Protection Features and Compliance Schedule Requirements

  • Posted by webmadstaff
  • On April 15, 2016
A fire separation is defined in the Building Code as any building element which separates firecells, or firecells and safe paths, and provides a specific fire resistance rating. See more Information on this here passive-fire-protection-features-and-compliance-schedule-requirements-666-1 This means that walls, ceilings, floors, hinged doors, roller shutters, glazing elements and dampers in ductwork are all examples of building […]
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Intumescent Fire Retardant Paint for the New Zealand Marketplace

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On March 6, 2016
Fire Retardant Paint NZ Prevent flammable accidents with fire retardant paint There were a total of 6491 residential fires in New Zealand in 2013. That’s more than 120 fires every week ! Real estate owners and employers would look at these figures and contemplate ways to increase fire safety of their buildings. Along comes fire […]
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Grey District Council – “Key focus for us in the immediate future is Passive Fire Protection.”

  • Posted by Jon Drumm
  • On January 20, 2015
Due to recent design and construction issues that have arisen relating to building consent work combined with notification from Central Government (MBIE) regarding audits they’re undertaking of work by Territorial Authorities, a key focus for us in the immediate future is passive fire protection. Passive Fire Protection (PFP) is defined as: “…the primary measure integrated […]
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