Considerable evidence exists to show that, in a large proportion of buildings, passive fire protection is not being effectively designed, specified and delivered. This potentially poses a serious life safety risk for building occupants and firefighters in the event of fire occurring, as well as increasing risk of fire spread and subsequent property damage. There is an overwhelming need for comprehensive guidance on how to design, specify, install, inspect, certify and maintain effective and resilient passive fire protection in New Zealand buildings.
The purpose of the guide is to enable the effective use of passive fire protection including providing the right product and installing it correctly in the right situation. It describes good practice for the specification, approval, installation and verification of passive fire protection. Specific processes may vary between jurisdictions and the professional people involved, but in all cases, the appropriate product must be correctly installed.
This guide introduces the principles of passive fire protection. It identifies the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code (NZBC), explains the terminology commonly used and identifies the main building components that have a passive fire protection role.
This guide provides guidance on issues and good practice, including: