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Michael Freeman
Michael Freeman
on Passive Fire Protection
Technical Sales & Specifications

Michael manages technical sales and specifications for Potter's range of passive fire products. He comes with many years' experience in the construction industry, from seismic systems through to interior finishes.

27 July 2020

Futureproofing Passive Fire at Scott Base Antarctica

Scott Base, New Zealand’s only Antarctic research station, constructed in the 1980s was found to have increasing points of failure in its passive fire protection.

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24 June 2019

Conflicting Seismic and Passive Fire Requirements for Service Penetrations

A collaborative approach is needed to resolve conflicts between fire protection and seismic movement requirements for service penetrations passing through fire-rated walls.

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21 May 2019

Detailed Design of Passive Fire Penetration Seals

Lessons from the design of service penetrations through fire rated walls and floors on a recent high-density residential project. 

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21 March 2019

Balancing Fire Protection with Other Building Requirements

We often come across situations where compliance with NZBC requirements for fire protection is in conflict with other requirements.

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17 October 2018

Growing the Passive Fire Knowledge Base

The more the industry talks about passive fire and engages with other construction industry professionals, the more likely we are to get it right the first time.

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18 September 2018

Meeting Our Duty of Care Responsibilities for Passive Fire

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

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?

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?

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

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

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