24 November 2016

MBIE releases new practice advisories on non-structural and secondary structural elements

Danger-tape-earthquake Wellington

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employed has released two new practice advisories in response to poor performance of non-structural and secondary structural elements in buildings in the Canterbury and 2013 Wellington earthquakes.

The Ministry says these advisories may be updated following lessons from the 14 November earthquake.

The new practice advisories are:

Practice Advisory 19: Improving earthquake performance of non-structural elements

This advisory 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: Improving earthquake performance of secondary structural elements

This advisory 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.

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith also issued a media release about these advisories.