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Design loads on decks

By Alide Elkink 1 December 2006, Build 97

NZS 3604 provides design parameters for deck design for 2.0 kPa floor loadings. However, the designer must consider the load that a deck or balcony may potentially carry and, if it is likely to exceed this loading, the design parameters should be increased accordingly.

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Stopping slips and falls

By Trevor Pringle 1 October 2007, Build 102

Within New Zealand homes a slip, trip or fall injury occurs every 3 minutes. This affects around 400,000 adults and children each year – that’s more than all sports and road injuries. Using the right surface could prevent many of these.

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