ENFE604-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Fire Design Case Study

15 points
Start Date: Monday, 16 July 2018
End Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Withdraw Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty: Friday, 27 July 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 12 October 2018


Specific fire engineering design of a case study building. Application of fire design computer models. Synthesis of life safety and property protection strategies.

Learning Outcomes

The aim of this course is to introduce students to prescriptive and performance based fire engineering design. The course specifically covers aspects of the New Zealand regulatory environment and considers a more general design approach to fire engineering. The course is intended to bring together knowledge that students have gained in their previous studies.


ENGR403 or approval of the Head of Department


Timetable Note

This course will run as 2 three-day block courses on

24-26 July and 9-11 October

Course Coordinator

Anthony Abu


Darin Millar (Holmes Fire) , Ben Hume (Beca International) and Dennis Pau


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Peer review meeting 5%
Team assessment 5%
Peer review 10%
80% report 15%
Audit 15%
final report 20%
Fire engineering brief 15%
Presentation 15%

Acceptable Solution project: Students will work individually to carry out an assessment of a building in accordance with the (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) MBIE Acceptable Solutions C/AS1-7. The audit is worth 15% of the course marks.

Performance based design project: Students will be placed into small groups (normally two students per group). Each group will be assigned a building for their FSE. The FSE must be a performance-based fire safety design for the building with appropriate justification and documentation. The justification of the design must be comprehensive and may require advanced analysis techniques. However you must also learn to be succinct in your writing so there are limits on the maximum page lengths.

Reports: Reports must be submitted as a single document through LEARN in PDF format. Reports must be a single document, at least 10 point Times New Roman or Arial and 1.15 spaced text. Page lengths do not include cover sheet etc. Pages are normally A4 but A3 for plans is acceptable. If you want to use colour in your reports be aware that we do not always print out documents on a colour printer so try as much as possible to make your reports readable in black and white. Correct use of English, appropriate SI units etc. are required. Late submissions will lose 20% of the total mark per day or part of day.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Arthur E. Cote, editor-in-chief ; Casey C. Grant, John R. Hall, Robert E. Solomon, associate editors; Pamela A. Powell, managing editor; Fire protection handbook; 20th; National Fire Protection Association, 2008.

National Fire Protection Association. , Society of Fire Protection Engineers; SFPE engineering guide to performance-based fire protection : analysis and design of buildings; National Fire Protection Association ;Society of Fire Protection Engineers, 2000.

National Fire Protection Association. , Society of Fire Protection Engineers; SFPE handbook of fire protection engineering; 4th ed; National Fire Protection Association ;Society of Fire Protection Engineers, 2008.

Spearpoint, Michael. , New Zealand Centre for Advanced Engineering; Fire engineering design guide; 3rd ed; New Zealand Centre For Advanced Engineering, 2008.

Required Texts:

o Approved document for New Zealand Building Code: Building Code Clauses C1 - C6 Protection from Fire. http://www.building.dbh.govt.nz/building-code-compliance-documents-downloads

o International Fire Engineering Guidelines, Edition 2005 (selected material will be made available).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,059.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

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