Frequently Asked Questions

Passive Fire Protection is a crucial component of any fire design. It is referred to as the use of construction elements in a building, to safeguard occupants. It reduces the risk of damage to property, in the event of fire, by delaying and restricting the spread of smoke and fire to different parts of the building. Passive fire protection provides fire separations in the form of fire rated floors and walls.

Passive Fire Protection is tested to AS 1530.4 / AS 4072.1 standards to ensure they maintain adequate structural stability and integrity, for a specific design period.

Passive fire protection can be complex. Therefore, a sufficient amount of time should be spent on a detailed plan. This ensures appropriate product and solution is installed so the building is code compliant. 

A large proportion of buildings in New Zealand do not have adequately designed, specified and installed passive fire protection. The safety of lives is at risk for building occupants in the event that a fire occurs. Without effective passive fire protection there is increased risk of fire spread and subsequent property damage.

Passive Fire Protection uses products and systems to help slow down the spread of smoke and fire, from room to room This gives the occupants time to escape in the event that a fire occurs. Many existing building owners require passive fire protection to gain their Building Warrant of Fitness. New builds now require passive fire protection in order to get building consents approved by Council.

Elite Passive Fire only use products that have been tested to the AS1530.4/AS4072.1 standards and have data sheets available.

The most important thing for us is making sure that the correct products and appropriate solutions are installed from the start. By using a passive fire protection specialist like Elite Passive Fire you eliminate the need to deconstruct incorrect installation, completed by tradesmen that do not have the adequate training and experience. This reduces unnecessary time and cost. It is probably more common than you think and a fair chunk of our work is rectifying incorrect installation. Passive Fire Protection also requires labeling and the appropriate paper work for each penetration stating the FRR, products used and photos of the installation. The majority of clients require a PS3 on completion of the work, along with a completed schedule of works. If your tradesmen cannot provide all of the above we would highly recommend saving yourself time and money by using a passive fire protection specialist.

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