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Argest Fire provides commissioning inspections on new sprinklers and fire alarms at all stages of the building process from small shop fit-outs to large multi-story buildings, providing a survey report and recommendations for commissioning. Argest Fire can also provide pre-build/design stage flow testing for your new fire sprinkler installation projects.
Argest Fire provides fire alarm audits and condition assessments as an independent check of your fire alarm protection. Argest provides assessment services to validate fire system interface testing being provided in your buildings to ensure your compliance and health and safety obligations are being met.
Argest specialises in Passive Fire Compliance. In addition to IQP inspections required for a Building Warrant of Fitness, Argest provides comprehensive audits of all Passive Fire systems, including installation and position of existing systems, identification of issues, defects, and risks. Argest provide consultancy on compliance standards, assistance with scoping of any repair or maintenance and can assist with the management of remediations, including scoping for tenders, supplier selection and project management. As we are independent to installers and product suppliers, we ensure our clients get the most appropriate solution to ensure the Passive Fire Protection systems are place to provide the protection needed.
Argest provides specialist project management, especially where there are major asset assessments, consent management and national roll out of specified system/asset upgrades across your portfolio or nationally. This includes the engagement, coordination, and management of:
Managing the replacement or refurbishment of key Specified Systems installed across your portfolio can be complicated with design, product and installer selection requiring specialist industry knowledge. Our clients agree that real value for building owners is achieved by employing an independent contract manager. Our job is to ensure that contractors provide the value, service, and performance you require. We provide a flexible service that can:
Argest can provide a scheduled condition and risk assessment service to complement the maintenance and lifecycle management processes you have in place for the Specified Systems installed across your building portfolio. We work with you to determine what information and rating system you require. We then establish and complete an inspection and assessment schedule across an agreed period, which is set at what works best for you and the asset’s lifecycle. As part of this service Argest will provide:
Argets Fire Reports Identifies the Specified Systems installed in your building that help ensure that you are meeting your inspection obligations, and ensure the safety of any occupants of the building.
Argest Fire offers full site inspections to identify all things in place to protect you and your building in the event of a fire.
Water flow testing measures the pressure of the main water supply feeding your sprinklers, ensuring the sprinkler system works as intended when needed.
Argest Fire can provide Water Flow Testing to make sure the system is the right pressure, lowering the chance of leaks and ineffective sprinklers.
Backflow prevention devices are fitted throughout your commercial property to prevent cross-contamination of your water supply to the potable drinking water the Council supplies to your boundary.
Argest Fire can test the backflow prevention device that is fitted to your fire sprinkler system and provide an annual test certificate for your Building Warrant of Fitness.
Argest Fire can maintain a survey schedule for your sprinkler systems, as is mandatory to comply with the requirements of your Building Warrant of Fitness. These inspections are completed either annually or biennially depending on the standard to which the system was installed and the requirements of your local council.
If you are installing a new sprinkler or alarm system, Argest Fire can work with your installer to carry out the surveys needed to comply with your legal obligations. Argest is committed to giving you peace of mind that your building will have fire protection when you need it most.
We can help you take care of your monthly “Owners” checks where required under the Building Act 2004. You need to know the best option for you and your business and choose the right one for you. Argest can help through:
Argest can arrange your IQP inspections using our in-house IQP’s and specialist IQP subcontractors. While we have a strong focus on Passive Fire Specified Systems, we also have IQP’s for Specified Systems such as Backflow Preventors and Emergency Lighting. Argest understands the broad range of Specified Systems needing compliance and so we adopt a best-in-class approach. With a network of the most skilled IQP’s in New Zealand, we can arrange inspections for many highly specialised systems such as fire alarms, lifts, heating and ventilation systems, and doors that are automatic or access controlled.
Argest can assist Property Managers, Facility Managers and Building Owners, who have Specified Systems installed in their buildings, to provide an annual Building Warrant of Fitness to local Territorial Authorities as required by the Building Act.