Smart Fire Services
Fire-Safety Design Services
Smart Fire provides peace of mind for asset owners, developers and architects, while achieving NZ building code legislation requirements with qualified advice on:
Providing fire safety consultancy on building design and engineering to ensure you meet requirements and protect occupants from unacceptable risk of injury or illness, caused by fire.
Advice on asset protection, as well meeting fire safety legislation standards for neighbouring property protection.
Designs that encourage safe and efficient emergency operations.
Ensuring minimal fire and water damage through optimal engineering design, which in turn provides you with business protection and continuity.
We meet these objectives with:
Fire prevention | Limiting fire spread | Evacuation procedure | Fire-fighting safety | Maintaining structural stability
Fire Safety Report
Smart Fire provides Fire-safety reports nationwide, which is obligatory to show compliance for protection from fire with the New Zealand Building Code on:
- New Buildings - Additions - Change of Use - Earthquake Strengthening
A Fire-safety Report is a document containing detailed information for compliance of Fire-safety for a building.
There are three main objectives for fire-safety design:
Life safety: Safeguard people from an unacceptable risk of injury or illness caused by fire
Property protection: Protect other property from damage caused by fire and
Firefighting operations: Facilitate firefighting and rescue operations
Clauses C2 – C6 contain the requirements for achieving these objectives, by:
Preventing fire occurring (C2), Limiting Fire spread (C3), Assisting the evacuation of occupants (C4)
Safeguarding firefighters (C5), Maintaining structural stability (C6).
This order follows the natural timeline of a Fire’s development, starting with an ignition source, proceeding through growth phase and reaching full firecell involvement to decay.
This report is usually then used by the project architect to incorporate the Fire-safety requirements onto the building’s design documentation and plans for compliance and construction.
Smart Fire compiles Fire-safety summaries for small tenancy fit-outs nationwide.
These are relevant to tenancy fit-outs and small projects that require basic fire-safety design input to show Council how the tenancy and design meet the legislative requirements of NZBA C1 – C6.
This is more high-level than a Fire-safety report, as the tenancy usually meets compliance for its existing elements like – fire separations, fire alarm systems and egress, therefore the summary shows compliance of any new attributes such as occupant loads, fire alarm systems, internal surface finishes and travel distances.
Smart Fire provides on-site Construction Monitoring as per IPENZ guidelines.
We are able to successfully provide this service by:
- Being on Council’s producer statement register (registered to provide PS4)
- Being Level 4 qualified in Passive Fire Protection (CompeteNZ)
- Being Level 4 qualified in New Zealand Carpentry (BCITO)
Producer statements (PS4 – Construction review) were introduced with the NZ building act 1991. Producer statements were developed to help reduce time and costs for processing consent applications and when used properly give authorities assurance that building work has been constructed to meet the building code and approved consent documentation (Fire-safety report).
Construction monitoring is independent verification provided by Smart Fire - to the client. It consists of a series of site visits to ensure the construction work is being undertaken as per the approved Fire documentation so a PS4 (Construction review) can be provided to Council to aid issuing Code Compliance Certificates (CCC).
Existing Building Survey
Smart Fire undertakes building inspections to determine the existing level of Fire-safety against the NZ building code for Fire (C1 – C6).
This enables three outcomes:
- The information captured is used within a Fire-safety Report on buildings undergoing
Alterations, Additions, Change of Use, Earthquake Strengthening.
- Provides the building owner with critical information relating to the safety of their building, offers valuable information to enable long-term building upgrades / feasibility assessments.
- Provides Insurance companies with a ‘snap shot’ of the building’s Fire-safety to determine their associated risk and to plan building upgrades.
A comprehensive report is formed showing the existing fire-safety elements of the building and where they sit in relation to the NZ Building Code standard.
A list is also created to enable the reader to easily see the building’s non-compliance
items allowing a strategic plan to upgrade during the building’s life.
Specific items captured within the survey are:
- Building scope, Occupant loads - Identification of firecell location, active fire-safety systems
and fire resistance ratings - Review of the buildings means of escape
- Review of control of internal fire and smoke spread and passive fire stopping
- Survey of the building’s external fire ratings - Review of Fire-fighting specific elements
- Visibility in escape routes - Signs
The building’s age, method of construction and presence of sleeping facilities
attribute to the assessments outcome and recommendations.
Smart Fire uses a risk-based approach to fire-safety recommendations, aligning with NZ building code / guidance documentation and Liaises with FENZ (Fire and Emergency NZ) and the relevant Council to ensure pre-design acceptance.
Smart Fire provides Emergency Lighting design and producer statement (PS1) as part of the fire-safety report.
All this is to remove this task from your ‘to do list’.
Emergency Lighting (visibility in escape routes) forms part of fire-safety via NZ building code C4 (fire-safety objectives) and is to help safeguard people from injury in escape routes during failure of the main lighting system.
Examples of areas where Emergency lighting is required:
-Exitways (escape routes protected by fire / smoke separations)
-At a change in level on an escape route
-Where travel distance on an escape route exceeds 20m
-In a space designed for more than 250 people
With the Emergency lighting part of the Fire Safety Report, this allows building consent submission and the Electrician to begin installation without hold-ups.
Smart Fire provides Evacuation Schemes for you project, so they can be completed in time for Code Compliance Certification (CCC).
Early initiation can be included in concept design phase of the fire-safety report to ensure accuracy of the Evacuation scheme and FENZ approval.
Examples of buildings requiring an Evacuation scheme:
-Potential for 100 or more people
-Providing employment facilities for 10 or more people
-Providing accommodation for more than 5 people
-Early childhood facilities
-Medical care facilities
With the Evacuation Scheme underway, this allows building design to proceed and building consent submission to be completed – meaning less hold ups.