Enquiries to the BRANZ helpline show that the meanings of characteristic strength, capacity, ultimate load and serviceability load are not well understood. We take a look at what the various terms mean.
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In a major overhaul of the BRANZ Lintels and Beams Calculator, an updated producer statement, additional drawings and more options for types of beams and fixings are now available.
Stricter enforcement of work at height is now in force. As work ramps up, it’s time to get to grips with scaffolding best practice.
Recent BRANZ testing has quantified the bracing ratings of some common older generic bracing systems. These ratings will be useful during repairs or renovations of older buildings.