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New BRANZ resources and publications


New bulletins - calculating bracing for walls, roofs and subfloors


  • Wind and earthquakes can generate significant forces on a building. These two new bulletins describe how to calculate the wind and earthquake bracing demand and detail for walls, subfloors and roofs of buildings within the scope of NZS 3604:2011 - Timber framed buildings:





Medium-density housing fact sheets



Build Magazine issue 163 December 2017


  • The December issue of Build Magazine has been published. It contains articles about the National Science Challenges, quality design (including an interview with Chris Moller from Grand Designs New Zealand).


  • In the practical Right Stuff area of the magazine are articles on:



 NZ Guidelines for Assessing and Managing Asbestos in Soil


  • The New Zealand Guidelines for Assessing and Managing Asbestos in Soil have been published. The publication is a collaboration between BRANZ and the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA). The guidelines provide the New Zealand industry with step-by-step guidance through the process of identifying, assessing and managing asbestos in soil.



Changes to Building Code, Standards and legislation


Building Controls Update 225 - C/VM2


  • Building Controls Update 225 discusses the amendment to the scope for Building Code Verification Method C/VM2 Framework for Fire Safety Design.


 Other news and publications


New-look Worksafe New Zealand website launched





  • Worksafe New Zealand has launched SafePlus which is a voluntary health and safety performance improvement toolkit for businesses. SafePlus defines itself as "what good health and safety looks like, above minimum legal compliance".


Hazardous substances toolbox and calculator



Timber fences and screens - how to build a timber fence