A suggested risk matrix for steel and concrete buildings up to 15 storeys could inform decision making in façade component choice and installation for some buildings that fall outside the scope of E2/AS1.
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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.
Recent changes to the loading standards will mean changes to the design of barriers.
BRANZ investment combined with Scion expertise has developed a new structural connection system for timber-framed multi-residential units that maintains acoustic performance.
Benjamin Franklin said, ‘don’t throw stones at your neighbours if your own windows are glass.’ These days, all windows are glass, but there’s a swag of other considerations.
Almost all building materials move of their own accord. This needs to be allowed for during design and construction or this movement can create problems with the durability of materials and, potentially, the building’s weathertightness.
The BRANZ Appraisal process can verify that a wall cladding system is compliant and will be fit for purpose.
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.
External timber steps can feel a bit wobbly or springy, especially as they get wider. We review the design rules and offer some ideas for building strong stairs.