The Institute of Fire Engineers has a number of technical committees and task groups that take part in developing engineering guides, standards, and other technical initiatives of the Institution. NZ Branch members represent the views of the membership and help to shape the future of Fire Engineering within New Zealand and internationally via a number of representative positions and by taking part in consultation with in various technical forums.

 We are involved in a significant number of technical activities including but not limited to:

 Technical Standards – Standards New Zealand

  • SNZ PAS 4505-2007 Firefighting waterway equipment
  • SNZ HB 4525-2006 Fire Risk Management Handbook
  • NZS 4541-2013 Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • NZS 4520-2010 Fire-resistant doorsets

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

  • Fire program – various project involvement 

The Fire Program was released at the end of July 2015. The projects in the program are based on an analysis of the issues stakeholders identified in their feedback on the 2012 regulatory changes

 Technical documents

  • Fire Engineering Design Guide (3rd Edition)
  • IPENZ Practice Note 22 – Guidelines for Documenting Fire Safety Designs

Organisation liaison

  • Fire Protection Association of New Zealand
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers New Zealand Chapter
  • Association of Building Compliance



  • IFE Australia
  • Technical Strategy and Advisory Group 

IFE Technical Strategy and Advisory Group (TSAG) co-ordinates the activities of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), members representing the IFE on external technical bodies, response by the IFE to consultations on proposed regulatory changes, statutory guidance, standards and codes of practice etc, and reviews of articles submitted for publication in International Fire Professional. Ed Claridge is a member of the TSAG representing the NZ Branch.


Would you like to be at the forefront of assisting in developing fire engineering design guidance within New Zealand and Internationally? If you would like to take part in a committee or have views that you would like the IFE to consider and put forward as part of any consultation role please get in contact with the IFE via

 Mark Probert-Southam oversees technical representation on behalf of the IFE NZ Branch and can be contacted to discuss and representation matters. Mob: +64 21 975299

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