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Designing houses with unevenly distributed bracing

By Angela Liu, Roger Shelton 1 April 2021, Build 183

While the bracing requirements in NZS 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings suit most buildings, the distribution rules of clause 5.4.7 are too lenient for some complex designs. During earthquakes, some Building Code-compliant buildings may move or flex, causing extensive damage. BRANZ research found which buildings are affected and suggests changes.

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Slowing the flow

By Ann Galloway 1 April 2021, Build 183

On-site stormwater management for new developments is now a requirement in many jurisdictions. This is what you need to know about options such as detention and retention tanks, soak pits and pervious paving.

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Hold-down fixings

By Bruce Sedcole 1 October 2020, Build 180

BRANZ regularly receives queries about hold-down fixings to the exterior walls of timber-framed buildings. This overview sets out the fixing requirements in NZS 3604:2011 for resistance to uplift for the various framing members.

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Advanced façade systems

By Rob Teterin 1 August 2020, Build 179

Emerging complex building façade designs can take up to a year to test, consent, fabricate and install. This makes it important for the project team to be on the same page from the start when it comes to design parameters.

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Determination – notice to fix

By Bruce Klein 1 April 2020, Build 177

This is the second article in Build’s new section on MBIE determinations. It looks at lessons from Determination 2019/057: Regarding the issue of a notice to fix for building work carried out without a building consent and over a property boundary.

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Multi-storey LTF guidance

By David Carradine 1 February 2020, Build 176, Feature article

Higher-density housing is becoming more common and necessary as our population grows. BRANZ is helping designers with guidance on the specific engineering design methods and requirements for multi-storey light timber-framed buildings.

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