Fire engineering, also sometimes referred to as fire safety engineering, is the use of fire engineering science and concepts to ensure the safety of the environment, life and property. Fire is a key threat to both residential and commercial properties, this has made both the study and application of fire engineering an integral part of any building structure or construction project. Skilled fire engineering consultants will have comprehensive knowledge in the field of fire engineering design to provide accurate and timely advice when determining the fire safety of a building. 

The DesignFire are a team of fire engineering consultants who help property owners and developers understand the risks associated with fires. We provide comprehensive fire engineering services that incorporate our strong understanding of local and international fire engineering standards.


Performance Based Fire Engineering of Structures

It is important to incorporate the principles of performance based fire engineering when it comes to fire engineering design. This approach sets out the requirements, or expected performance, for a building in order to incorporate effective fire protection systems.

International Fire Engineering Guidelines

In addition to local fire engineering guidelines, it is important to have a firm understanding of what other fire engineering companies are doing overseas. The DesignFire strives to stay at the forefront in the field of fire engineering by keeping up to date with the latest international developments. This ensures that our solutions and fire engineering services continue to remain innovative and competitive. We also leverage our strong understanding of the New Zealand Building Code as well as our firm relationships with New Zealand local councils to offer insightful and accurate fire engineering reports and services.


our clients

“There are 81 units being developed on the site; the majority of the units are terraced houses. We are proud of the scale of the project and the opportunity it brings for new home buyers to get onto the property market. We needed a fire report for our development Building Consent application.

The site was pretty tight with lots quite near to each other; THE DESIGNFIRE was quick to respond to our enquiry and forthcome with a strategy to get the documentation together in line with our Building Consent lodgement target dates. They listened to our needs and were finding ways to make the process efficient.

THE DESIGNFIRE was very responsive and willing to assist in clarifying matters with the structural engineer and architect to deliver their outputs. We are very happy with the result.”

—Mante Masela, Kingston Property

“My name is Farzbod Taefi. I am the director of Skills Update Training Institute. About five years ago, in conjunction with NMIT, we purchased a site on 42 Upper Queen Street. This building needed a lot of renovation and make-over.

We found them very flexible and receptive to our comments and ideas. I think it was the winning card for us as the client. Getting the permits through the council is not an easy task. They had good contacts in the council, they were well known to the council, and that really speeded up the process. I think if we’ve chosen another group, this project may have taken twice as long. We have recommended THE DESIGNFIRE to many people and referred them to Louie. You know the sample of his work is here, and people can see what they can get.”

—Farzbod Taefi, Skills Update Training Institute

“THE DESIGNFIRE and their team of various expertise helped us to complete our Complex commercial building, involving multi-tenancy occupancy. THE DESIGNFIRE team came up with a resolution which was cost-effective and workable. Without THE DESIGNFIRE, we would have a difficult time completing it.”

—Paul Singh, Director, APL Windows

“With a long relationship with THE DESIGNFIRE, they have a strong background on fire engineering as well as precise design and consultation. Happy working with them and willing to do other projects together again.”

—Jae Hyun

“Louie has been a precious asset in developing fire engineering for our second dwelling project. His price was very reasonable, his communication prompt and helpful. I would recommend him and use his services again.”