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Design loads on decks

By Alide Elkink 1 December 2006, Build 97

NZS 3604 provides design parameters for deck design for 2.0 kPa floor loadings. However, the designer must consider the load that a deck or balcony may potentially carry and, if it is likely to exceed this loading, the design parameters should be increased accordingly.

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Use stainless steel with new timber treatments

By Gareth Kear 1 February 2007, Build 98

Possible health hazards associated with chemicals in CCA preservatives for treated timber have led to revised Codes of use in some countries. New research by BRANZ into the durability of galvanised steel shows work still needs to be done on reducing the corrosivity of preservative-treated timbers.

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Stopping slips and falls

By Trevor Pringle 1 October 2007, Build 102

Within New Zealand homes a slip, trip or fall injury occurs every 3 minutes. This affects around 400,000 adults and children each year – that’s more than all sports and road injuries. Using the right surface could prevent many of these.

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