Passive Fire Live Webinars

The BRANZ lunchtime series gives you the flexibility to participate in our live webinars from the comfort of your office or anywhere with wifi access and a computer or mobile device. Each webinar is approximately 45–60 minutes in length and starts at 12.30pm. The webinars are interactive with the ability to ask the presenter questions that are answered as part of the session.












Non-compliant passive fire protection (PFP) has been recognised as a potentially huge issue for quite some time but has been brought to the fore during weathertightness remediation work. Costs associated with bringing the PFP to full compliance can be excessive. Greater knowledge and awareness of this problem and better tools and skills to assess and determine viable solutions will improve confidence in decisions regarding PFP compliance and correction. 

These webinars will look at the options for determining PFP compliance, what kind of information you should be expected to collect or receive regarding PFP compliance and the tools to technically evaluate the implications when PFP is non-compliant for ANARP purposes. The audience will have a greater knowledge of what a standard fire resistance test means for PFP performance in real fires and what the limitations of these tests are


Kevin Frank – Fire Research Engineer, BRANZ

Kevin is a member of the BRANZ Better Buildings Fire Research team and holds a PhD in fire engineering from the University of Canterbury. His research interests include the reliability and performance of fire safety systems, fire dynamics and risk analysis. Kevin has also been involved with fire safety through conducting fire investigations as a forensic engineer in Canada and as a volunteer member of the fire service in both Canada and New Zealand.

Greg North – Senior Associate Fire Engineer, Beca

Greg is a Chartered Fire Engineer with significant construction sector experience having worked on numerous projects throughout his career, both nationally and internationally. Greg actively seeks to develop designs which are both consentable and buildable, and he recognises the importance of appropriate passive fire design and construction details.

Greg is an active member of the passive fire industry and is a member of the FPANZ Passive Fire Special Interest Group. 

Live webinar programme


Friday 19 July      Kevin Frank - Risk assessment* Content in this webinar will be similar to the

                            Passive Fire Risk Assessment Seminar held in 2018.

                            This will cover:

                                - recommended risk management process

                                - assessment tool for single fire and smoke stopping defects  

Friday 2 August   Greg North - Construction monitoring

                            This will cover:

                                 - roles and responsibilities

                                 - CM1-CM5 levels

                                 - documentation

                                 - agreements with council

                                 - completion documentation



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