Strong wind causes damage to houses, particularly their roofs. A recent BRANZ study started by defining ‘extreme winds’ before developing retrofit solutions to ensure roofs on older houses are adequately secured.
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The area around the edge of a roof requires extra fixings to stop it lifting, but how much of the total roof area needs these extra fixings?
A BRANZ research project has investigated load transfer in timber framed buildings – and found a number of potential weak spots.
Installing windows can be tricky, but there’s plenty you can do to make it easier.
Recent changes to the loading standards will mean changes to the design of barriers.
Calls to the BRANZ Helpline indicate that there is still confusion about the correct use of bottom plate anchors with concrete floor slabs.
House moving has a long history in New Zealand, largely due to our extensive use of timber construction. The biggest change has been the motive power from bullocks, traction engines and conventional heavy haulage to today’s specialised trucks.