Providing sufficient bracing capacity for wind and earthquake is an integral part of the design process.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
3D printing is exciting plenty of interest. In the construction world, work is under way on a complete building and steel structural elements.
The global weather forecast is daunting, and earthquakes are a regular event. With insurance costs already climbing, we badly need buildings that can stand up to the forces of nature.