Fire programme

In late 2014, MBIE began a review of fire regulation changes made in 2012. The review was initiated in response to stakeholder feedback, and to gauge issues being experienced by the sector since the 2012 changes.

The Building Code provisions for Protection from Fire and the supporting documents (Acceptable Solutions and Verification Method) were changed in 2012 to provide designers, fire engineers and building consent authorities with better design criteria and methods so that fire design could be applied more consistently. The changes were significant in content and structure and the sector experienced issues in adjusting to them.

Since 2012, MBIE has worked with stakeholders and international fire engineering experts and found that the 2012 changes were overly restrictive, complex and inconsistent.

A discussion document with four proposals has been developed. These proposals address a number of areas where it was found that the clauses and compliance documents for fire safety could be improved.

MBIE has released this discussion document for public consultation over an eight-week period from 15 May to 14 July 2017. We welcome all submissions and will consider these once the consultation finishes.

MBIE would like to acknowledge the contribution of stakeholders in providing feedback and participating as working group members in the development of the proposals, and thank them for making themselves available. Having a broad base of stakeholders involved is important to deliver quality outcomes.

Updates and information

14. Fire consultation

13. Fire Programme – Workshops on Alternative Format for Acceptable Solutions C/AS 2–7 [PDF 294KB]

12. Feedback sought on alternative format for Acceptable Solutions C/AS 2–7 [PDF 57KB]

11. Fire Review article Codewords 72 - June 2016 [PDF 75KB]

10. New timeline [PDF 302KB]

9. Fire Programme Update 4: April 2016 [PDF 83KB]

8. Working group members: April 2016 [PDF 208KB]

7. Alternative Solutions working group: 3 March 2016 [PDF 117KB]

6. Fire Programme Update 3: March 2016 [PDF 94KB]

5. Fire Programme Update 2: November 2015 [PDF 77KB]

4. Fire programme: July 2015 [PDF 428KB]

3. Fire Programme update 1: May 2015 [PDF 33KB]

2. Strategic review of fire safety and engineering – preliminary feedback [PDF 991KB]

1. Stakeholder engagement - Summary of findings: 2014 [PDF 665KB]


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