With townhouses becoming increasingly popular to meet the rising housing demand, EDC have remained at the forefront of the fire safety requirements.

This townhouse development presented some challenging architectural features, required to maximize the available space. These features resulted in fire rating lower roofs to protect the adjacent townhouse property against vertical spread of fire.

EDC provided clear and concise advice from concept to completion, to achieve the required fire rating and post-fire structural stability while avoiding common pitfalls. EDC actively engaged with council representatives to ensure an acceptable solution was achieved. The client was grateful for EDC’s prompt problem solving and on-site attendance, ensuring no delays at each stage of construction.

A large warehouse unit was severely damaged from a fire, including a significant portion of the structural steel being physically deformed. EDC provided guidance on which steel elements could be reinstated and which steel elements needed to be replaced. EDC also provided advice on fire safety feature upgrades to the building that would result in compliance with required standards.
We used our dual skills in fire and structural engineering, bringing synergy to a solution that resulted in a large portion of the existing construction being retained; ultimately saving the client money, while also improving the compliance with the fire safety requirements in the New Zealand Building Code.

EDC has a proud history with social/emergency housing initiatives, and we are delighted to continue contributing to the supply of healthy and safe homes.

Two apartment blocks on this site made use of some modern materials, including CLT floors, panel-type walls and foam insulation, to achieve a Homestar 6 rating. EDC’s fire design advice included material compliance, junction detailing and timber charring calculations to help make this innovative design a reality, without compromising fire safety.

It was great to see this project develop during Construction Monitoring just a few blocks away from our Christchurch office, and we were glad to support modern sustainable building materials like CLT as we head towards a future of ‘embodied carbon’ and MBIE’s Building for Climate Change Programme.

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