Your Passive Fire Specialists

We specialize in new build projects as well as exiting building upgrades and can offer Passive Fire Specification Documentation - Construction Monitoring - Passive Fire Surveys

The NZ Building Code and Relevant Standards

Clause C3

Spread of fire

Clause C4

Structural Stability During a Fire 


Components for the protection of openings in fire-resistant separating elements. Part 1: Service penetrations and control joints

New Projects
New Projects

When starting a new project and applying for a building Consent, most councils are now expecting that all new building consents will contain relevant passive fire specification to be included as part of the consent applications. The friendly and experienced team at CeaseFire Consulting are committed to working with both you and your contractors to provide compliant fire stopping solutions that will provide you with an overall cost effective building. 

These services include:

  • Project review and fire stopping specifications to meet the requirements of: 
    - The NZ Building Code
    - AS4072.1 Components for the protection of openings in fire-resistant separating elements
    -  AS1530.4 Methods for fire tests on building materials, components and structures - Fire-resistance test of elements of construction
    - BCA requirements  
  • Construction Monitoring and onsite consultation 
  • Pair Review of fire stopping specifications 

Existing Buildings
Existing Buildings

Unfortunately passive fire issues within existing buildings is a systemic problem throughout NZ, and in many cases due to the construction and layout of these building, the issues can be difficult and costly to rectify. The team at CeaseFire Consulting have many years of hands on experience in overcoming these difficulties and rectifying the defects and can offer the following services post a passive fire survey having been conducted:

  • Full passive fire system specifications to comply the NZ Building Code & AS4072.1 
  • ANARP 'As near as reasonably practical solutions' where the cost of bring the building up to the current building code is impractical based on a cost verses benefit approach
  • Alternative solutions where there is no current testing for certain penetration or construction types 
  • Liaising with local BCA's (building consent authorities) with regards to passive fire issues in terms of obtaining or complying with a BC or obtaining a COA (Certificate of Acceptance)
  • Construction Monitoring and onsite consultation
  • Pair review of fire stopping specifications
  • Expert witness for legal disputes 
Full Building Surveys
Full Building Surveys

Whether you are applying for a building consent, failed a building warrant fitness or have simply become aware of passive fire issues within your building, the first place you need to start is, to carry out a passive fire survey throughout the building. This may encompass the entire building or simply sections of the building to identify the true extent of the issues throughout. CeaseFire Consulting are qualified and experienced in conducting passive fire surveys that will consider the following:

  • Fire separations 
    Are they compliant and meet the:
    - FRR required in terms of the original fire engineering design
    - Clauses C3 - Spread of Fire
    - C4 Structural Stability in a Fire of the NZ building code
    - AS4072.1 - Components for the protection of opening in fire-resistant separating elements - part 1: Service penetrations and control joints and have they been compromised in any way
  • Fire doors 

Have they been installed correctly, are they in good working order, how can necessary repairs be carried out or do they need replacement

  • Service penetrations through fire separations:

Have they been correctly fire rated in accordance with AS4072.1 taking in to consideration the following

- Service penetration type and size e.g. Pipes, cables, duct etc
- Size of the penetration
- Substrate through which it penetrates e.g. wall, floor, ceiling etc
- Substrate construction method e.g. Concrete, plasterboard, speedwall etc                         
- FRR - Fire Resistance Rating required