Don’t be misled into thinking that rubber roofing membranes can do without edge detailing. It’s required in E2/AS1, and omitting it can lead to stained walls.
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A new wind zone category, extra high, has been added in the revised NZS 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings, and the amended E2/AS1.
Providing sufficient bracing capacity for wind and earthquake is an integral part of the design process. This series starts by looking at the information needed for bracing calculations.
Another common feature of many leaky buildings that can be worth changing is the flush gable or the roof gable hidden behind a parapet.
A common feature of many leaky buildings is that they were constructed without eaves, usually with walls terminating with a parapet. Changing this design detail can greatly enhance a building’s weathertightness.
The BRANZ Helpline regularly receives enquiries about when strapping must be used to tie the timber framing together. These tips should point you in the right direction.
Costs can be lowered and accidents avoided if time is spent thinking about safety at a project’s design stage. This can range from the number of employees and the materials used, through to putting in permanent safety systems.
Prone to earthquakes and with abundant native timber, New Zealand was quick to adopt timber as a building cladding. It could even replicate stone with design elements such as quoins.
We take a sideways glance at how changing times have influenced the form and function of our houses and where we choose to live.