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Malcolm Christie
Malcolm Christie
on Passive Fire Protection
Technical and Specification Manager – Passive Fire Products

Malcolm represents Potter Interior Systems at many industry organisations including FPA, FMANZ and ABC and offers specialist knowledge in passive fire protection solutions. Malcolm is passionate about the distribution of information relating to the passive fire industry.

18 September 2018

Meeting Our Duty of Care Responsibilities for Passive Fire

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While fire engineering reports are designed in line with the NZBC with a view to saving lives, we often overlook the lives of the first responders who need to go into these buildings.

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22 August 2018

Facility Managers and Passive Fire

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The traditional approach for facility managers is to do whatever it takes to make the passive fire issue disappear. This is not always the most cost-effective approach.

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19 July 2018

Can BCAs Decline a Tested Penetration Seal?

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Any and all tested penetration seals, installed in accordance with the manufacturers specifications or AS 4072.1, “cannot – not be accepted as being compliant” with the NZBC.

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21 June 2018

Passive Fire: Where Does Design and Specification Responsibility Lie?

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Designers, project managers, installers and building consent officials exercising duty of care responsibilities would positively contribute to raising the bar on all passive fire protection installations in NZ.

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18 April 2018

Where to Find The True Cost of Passive Fire

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The perceptions of project managers, quantity surveyors and passive fire installers when it comes to planning for fire stopping.

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23 February 2018

Fire Rated Floor Slab Penetrations

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We recently had occasion to be drawn into the realm of structural engineering with regard to concrete floor slab penetrations. The issue is all too common: no provision made for power or data cables (and other services) to pass through concrete floor slabs. 

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24 November 2017

Who Should Take Responsibility for Passive Fire Protection?

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Designers, project managers, installers and building consent officials exercising duty of care responsibilities would positively contribute to raising the bar on all passive fire protection installations in NZ.

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25 October 2017

Re-useable Passive Fire Stopping Solutions

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In discussions with designers on interior fit-outs recently, it became apparent that there was a requirement for a fire stopping solution that was temporary in nature.

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25 August 2017

Air Conditioner Pipe Penetrations Through Floor Slabs

Engaging a passive fire specialist can help determine if the proposed installation method of fire stopping will comply with relevant fire test results or if an alternative solution is possible.

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12 July 2017

Planning for Passive Fire Protection in Pre-Cast Concrete Walls

By making provisions for passive fire penetrations in pre-cast concrete slabs, you can save on costly concrete drilling and reworks; economies of scale make it a 'no-brainer'. 

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