Passive Fire
Protection Systems in New Zealand

New Zealand Leaders in Passive Fire Design

Our fire engineering design services also cover passive fire prevention and engineering consultancy.

We offer clients extensive building and compliance knowledge. We’ve worked closely with councils and suppliers for years to ensure that all our passive fire engineering design solutions are fully compliant.

We can review your plans and drawings, or conduct site visits as necessary, to determine the correct passive fire prevention solutions for your project. We then provide working details and fire safety specifications, with all of the requisite justifications for the council’s review.

If you are looking for passive fire contractors that can deliver innovative and effective passive fire control solutions then look no further than THE DESIGNFIRE. We are a leading passive fire company with a wealth of experience gained from the successful completion of past passive fire engineering projects. Our passive fire engineering team work closely with our in-house compliance team to ensure that our work is both comprehensive and compliant.

What is passive fire design?

Passive fire design incorporates fire resistant building elements and smart spatial design techniques to limit the spread of fire and smoke. Passive fire protection systems offer added safety to residents, reducing the risk of fires and minimising a fire’s ability to spread once it starts, allowing for greater safety and more time for evacuation. Passive fire protection saves lives, and can be achieved without sacrificing aesthetic design quality.

Passive Fire Engineering NZ

At The DesignFire, we are the leaders of passive fire engineering in New Zealand. Our team combines innovative design with rigorous compliance standards to ensure fire safety compliance with the New Zealand Building Code. We tailor our solutions to each unique project, ensuring both safety and design aesthetics.

We are experts in passive fire protection with extensive experience in residential and commercial projects. Our solutions comply with local regulations and our approach centers on being client-focused from beginning to end.

For top-tier passive fire engineering services you can trust, turn to The DesignFire. Contact us to discuss how we can enhance the safety and compliance of your next project.

The highest standard of passive fire protection

THE DESIGNFIRE team is very familiar with Auckland Council’s expectations for acceptance of fire stopping systems (fire stops).

Where existing commercial buildings fall short of the current passive fire safety design requirements, we have been engaged to assess existing fire ratings and stopping situations. We’ve also made professional judgements whether to retain or upgrade existing passive fire systems to meet current requirements per Section 112 of the New Zealand building code.

THE DESIGNFIRE team also has extensive experience with passive fire design for light, timber-framed building structures. We have reviewed passive fire detailing for various types of medium-density housing development, such as terraced housing.

Contact us to discuss what fire prevention design services are required for your residential, commercial or industrial project.

Feel free to read more about our other Fire services: Fire Engineering Report and Emergency Lighting Design.

We understand active and passive fire protection compliance

Excerpts from the “Auckland Council position statement for acceptance of fire stopping” are below. THE DESIGNFIRE team are experts at working with these requirements.

“All fire stopping systems (fire stops) to be specified and accepted as part of the building consent and inspection approvals process shall be in accordance with AS 4072: Part 1.

Fire test reports or Variations subject to Formal Opinion complying with the requirements of AS1530: Part 4 and AS 4072 shall be available upon request to support the system proposed and demonstrate on-site installation where necessary.

Acceptance in accordance with the principles of ‘As Nearly As Is Reasonably Practicable’ ANARP, as required by the Building Act and as established by relevant guidance1 may allow the acceptance of products/systems that have not been verified to fully comply with the compliance documents and AS 4072. Supporting evidence will need to include consideration of a risk-based approach to support proposals on the grounds of ANARP.”

Please do not hesitate to contact us for help in understanding the current legislation.


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, 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.”