Practice advisories on non-structural and secondary structural elements

The recent Kaikoura earthquake is a timely reminder of the need to ensure good performance of non-structural and secondary structural elements.

MBIE has released two new practice advisories in response to instances of poor performance of non-structural and secondary structural elements in buildings subjected to Canterbury and 2013 Wellington earthquakes. The practice advisories may be updated in the future following lessons from the 14 November earthquake.

The new practice advisories are:

Practice Advisory 19 encourages early engagement of stakeholders and the coordination of design and construction activity. It identifies the Building Code requirements and the relevant building standards and recommends structural engineering advice including construction monitoring to achieve effective details.

Practice Advisory 20 alerts building professionals to the need for careful design detailing and construction monitoring of secondary structural elements, such as precast panels and stairs. The Building Code requirements and relevant building standards are identified.

From Codewords, November 2016

Standards referenced in Practice Advisories 19 and 20:

Published in building.