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Buildings are designed well for people to enter them, however, the evacuation of them in the event of an emergency often sees some people having better access than others - why is the means of escape in an emergency not equitable for all?

The Association, with the support of the Institution of Fire Engineers and Fire and Emergency NZ, is bringing you 4 experienced fire professionals to present on lift evacuation for people requiring assistance. This is a well overdue topic which needs some serious thought and education. We will also be having a workshoping session with Fire and Emergency NZ fire engineers and policy makers to help develop guidance for lift evacuation to comply with the the evacuation scheme regulations.

Date: Friday 21 April 2023

Time: 8am for coffee and tea for a 8.30am start - 3.00pm finish

Venue: Beca Auditorium, 21 Pitt Street, Auckland Central

Cost: $80+GST

          $40+GST online

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The Institution of Fire Engineers will be hosting a one-day live fire programme for fire engineers and people who work in fire related industries or who have an interest in the fire safety design of buildings. This programme has been developed to give participants the opportunity to gain a better understanding of fire and smoke behaviour and fire fighting techniques by involving them in a series of real fire simulations. All participants will be able to gain first hand experience of real fires in building enclosures, including fire initiation and development, fire and smoke spread, flashover, the use of fire fighting equipment, fire fighting and search and rescue techniques, and more.
The programme will be conducted by experienced professional fire officers using various enclosures, props and scenarios and has been designed to offer participants an experience that is as close to the real thing as possible. Don’t just read about it in textbooks - feel the heat and see the smoke for yourself!

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Trent Fearnley

The Association of Building Compliance is delighted to announce the appointment of Trent Fearnley as our new Technical Director.

Trent Fearnley has over 26 years of experience in the fire industry and the education industry, from firefighting to fire investigator to fire risk management and fire engineering.

Trent brings his vast experience and capabilities from his previous roles as National Advisor Fire Risk Management in Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ), Developer and Subject Matter Expert and for the NZ Diploma in Fire Engineering at the Open Polytechnic of NZ to the role of Technical Director to support and grow the skills of our Association. Trent’s current roles as Director of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and Board Member of Vocational Engineering Education NZ also provide key relationships and knowledge of the education sector to the role.

The landscape of Safety Critical Work is changing and we want to prepare our members for any changes that may happen. Trent has been involved in the changes introduced by the Reform of Vocational Education and we wish to utilise his knowledge to benefit our members.

We look forward to welcoming him to the team.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), in collaboration with the Association of Building Compliance, has developed a new ‘best-practice’ / exemplar compliance schedule document in relation to a case study building (Bulls Community Centre), the best practise / exempla document can be found on MBIEs Building Performance Website.

You can download it here

If you have tried searching for a company using our Members directory recently you may have been presented with a cryptic error message. Turns out there was a bug, but our developer has squashed it and searches seem to be working great now.

Remember, if you do have a problem with our website, please get in touch and let us know.

Stolen Equipment

Important information has been supplied that indicate another round of thefts of Fire Sprinkler Inlets (FSI) couplings is happening in Auckland. At this stage thefts have been identified in Penrose and South Auckland.

The theft of these is a serious safety concern as in the event of a fire, Fire Fighters will not be able to boost these systems.

If you or your staff are visiting any buildings protected by Sprinkler and/or Hydrant Systems, can you carry out a visual check on these to identify any theft or tampering with the couplings.

Please report any thefts to FPANZ via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (0800) 037 269 so they can add it to their database and notify the Police and FENZ.

Download Notice (PDF)

Renew Registration

We have been advised that there are over 100 IQPs that have not renewed their registrations with Build Waikato this year.

You can check the register for any employees who may be due to renew on-line here:

To remain on the IQP register for the next period, you will need to complete the online renewal form which can be accessed here:

If you have any queries regarding your IQP registration, you can contact Build Waikato via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.