BRANZ was on the ground in Northland last year, examining the effects of a storm on buildings. Roofs bore the brunt of the weather, with structures on exposed terrain the most vulnerable.
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Cost considerations often drive choices when building a property, but thinking more broadly from project design to material specification can be worth its weight in gold.
Roof failures in high winds are unfortunately too common in timber-framed buildings, but get the connections right, and the roof should stay put.
While we can’t change New Zealand’s gusty climate, there’s plenty we can do to minimise its impact. Clever siting of buildings, modifying the landscape and providing shelter in the form of fences and plantings help.