By David Carradine, Dave Brunsdon, Simon Faulkner, Mark Willard
1 December 2022, Build 193
Recent work provided valuable insights into the seismic capacity of buildings commonly used in schools nationwide. This provided a unique opportunity to test whole buildings on site to understand their performance and to test the main structural elements in the laboratory.
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.