Fixings are the Achilles heel of timber buildings. Wind and other damaging hazards find the weakest link in the building, and failure will start there. This is almost always the fixings.
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There seems to be some confusion around selecting lintels and deciding if uplift fixings are required using NZS 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings Table 8.14, so grab your copy of NZS 3604 and work through the steps.
Most new chimneys are just a chimney shape that encloses the flue, unlike traditional solid chimneys. We look at some of the construction, fixing and bracing requirements for both options.
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.
Callers to the BRANZ helpline have been asking about fixing centres and density for profiled metal wall cladding. We take a look at the requirements.