Advancing Fire Safety
Holmes Fire is a fire engineering consultancy firm with unrivalled talent, advancing fire safety design through a collaborative approach.
Our in-house expertise enables us the flexibility to offer comprehensive fire safety engineering solutions, enhancing the functionality of design whilst always prioritising occupant safety.
As part of the international Holmes Group, we service projects throughout Australia, the US and New Zealand.
We have a reputation for technical excellence. We provide an approach that encourages performance-based solutions to deliver innovation, design flexibility, greater value and compliance as an alternative to prescriptive building codes.
Our team strives to provide the highest level of professional service and success for our clients, building meaningful relationships along the way.
Sarnia has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Sarnia has been involved in assembly, commercial, industrial, storage, health care, residential, utilities and services, retail, and heritage projects, providing fire engineering alternative solutions, BCA assessments and, fire safety upgrades to provide innovative and cost effective solutions for fire safety.
Sarnia has significant experience in the use of zone and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) fire models as well as with egress assessment methods and models and is able to use these fire engineering tools to investigate fire and occupant behaviour.
Sarnia is a Fellow of the institution of Engineers Australia, she is also a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), a Registered Engineer on the National Professional Engineers Register (NER) in Fire Safety, and is registered by Engineers Australia as an APEC Engineer in Australia. Additionally Sarnia is on the Society of Fire’s National Committee and the NSW committee, she is a Registered Professional Engineer (Fire Engineering) of Queensland (RPEQ) and a Registered Building Practitioner (Engineer / Fire Safety) with the Building Practitioners Board of Victoria.
Greg has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s in fire engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Greg has over 20 years of experience including projects involving new and existing buildings on green field and existing sites and is a Principal of Holmes Fire. Greg is completed performance-based fire safety designs in buildings as diverse as power plants, schools, hospitals, prisons, stadia, shopping malls, conference centres and commercial developments. Greg maintains a focus on safety and efficiency in design from the initial design advice through to completion, negotiating the sometimes complex approvals process and involving all stakeholders in the progression of the project.
Greg is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and a Member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), and a Member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).
Branch Manager | Senior Fire Engineer
James has a bachelor’s degree in structural engineering, a master’s and a Ph.D. in Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. James has developed both fire engineering and structural fire engineering strategies and designs on projects throughout Australia, the United States, and New Zealand, with a specific emphasis on mixed-use residential and commercial buildings, and large industrial complexes.
James has carried out extensive full scale fire testing and advanced finite element analysis of timber assemblies in fire, has co-authored numerous design guidelines on the fire design of heavy timber assemblies such as LVL, glulam and CLT systems, and also sits on the standards committee revising fire design for timber in Australia and New Zealand.
In addition to his considerable level of expertise with timber structures, he has significant experience in the analysis of steel and concrete structures for a wide range of applications for new developments and the adaptive re-use of existing structures. James has been heavily involved in the renovation and upgrade work of heritage buildings, and takes a holistic approach to fire safety design for the preservation of heritage features while achieving a practical degree of performance.
James is a Chartered Member of Engineers Australia (CPEng – Fire Safety & Structural), a C10 Accredited Certifier (Fire Safety Engineering Compliance) in NSW, a Registered Engineer on the National Professional Engineers Register (NPER) in Fire Safety and Structural engineering, a member of the Society of Fire Safety, and a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ).
Branch Manager Wellington | Project Director
Since graduating with a master’s in fire engineering (2006), Paul worked as a research associate with the University of Ulster on a program to develop innovative techniques and technology to minimise the influence of concrete spalling under fire conditions to existing tunnel structures. This included the implementation of large scale fire tests for experimental data analysis, networking and working closely with industrial partners in executing data and participating in major research funding programs within Europe.
Paul has also previously worked as a lead fire design and forensic consultant in Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada. His role involved building fire design services in relation to the applicable building code and fire code based on legal prerequisites. Providing forensic engineering services for building owners, tenants, lawyers and insurers to determine the probable fire origin, and likely causation and fire spread mechanisms. Responsibilities of fire investigation included the examination and documentation of fire scenes, coordinating with testing laboratories, liaison with relevant authorities (private and public) and the preparation of reports that may be used in civil or criminal litigation.
Paul is the Wellington Branch Manager, however also has a role as a Project Director with over 11 years of experience in the NZ industry. His experience has involved local and national based projects, working in all sectors, serving building facilities, property portfolios and industrial installations. Paul’s key projects range from commercial refurbishments to healthcare, shopping complexes, industrial and high rise residential developments; applying either Building Code Technical Guidance (C/AS1-7), Verification Method designs (C/VM2) or Specific Fire Engineering Design based upon sound fire engineering principles/computational analysis and international best practice.
Starting with a clean piece of paper for each design, Paul’s approach is to ultimately meet both the clients and architects needs and expectations in key operational performance, whilst still meeting statutory compliance requirements. Having experience in the New Zealand, Australasian, North American, UK and Irish fire safety design markets, he is able to bring International best practice to the all projects that he is involved with.
Paul is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and a Member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (CMEngNZ), and a Member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).