The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has issued a notice to structural engineering designers and reviewers of minor amendments to the Canterbury seismic hazard values for use in structural design.
While perforated foil is still permitted as a means of insulating suspended floors, BRANZ recommends installing a bulk-fill insulation material.
For design to Acceptable Solution E2/AS1, flexible wall underlay must be tautly installed so that the underlay cannot bridge a drained and vented cavity.
A number of calls have come into the BRANZ helpline recently regarding heated concrete floors.
BRANZ Maps is an online tool that identifies a range of features for a specific location, including earthquake zone, exposure (corrosion risk) zone, and climate zone.
A new category of priority buildings, covering parts of unreinforced masonry like parapets and façades, is to be included in the Building Act requirements for upgrading earthquake-prone buildings.
BRANZ has released two resources to support seismically resilient design.
The seminar aim was to raise awareness of issues arising from the design and installation of non-structural elements.
The call for papers for the BOINZ Annual Conference & Expo 2016 is now open.