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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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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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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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Using the right stud height

By Roger Shelton 1 June 2018, Build 166

NZS 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings does not define stud length or height. This is creating some confusion, especially when continuous studs for chimneys or parapets pass intersecting framing. BRANZ has some advice.

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