Designing and Building to Accommodate Earthquake Loads

By September 19, 2019Uncategorised

Did you know, designing and building to accommodate earthquake loads has become the latest “hot topic” with the new BCA 2019 being implemented?

This little gem affects any dwelling that falls outside the parameters in Appendix A of AS1170.4 and pretty much any commercial building. The biggest factor that affects design is the “non-structural” requirements, things like internal wall design/fixing, lighting fixtures, ducts, sprinklers, etc.

To satisfy our assessment requirements we will be looking for a reference to AS1170.4 on any design form 15 from an engineer, consultant or designer that has a service or system that is affected. Below are links to QBCC, ABCB & MB QLD information that will help to explain the responsibilities of all involved in the building design process. Happy reading.

 

Quick Links

https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/blog/tradie-talk/designing-building-accommodate-earthquake-loads

https://www.abcb.gov.au/Connect/Articles/2019/03/12/Design-of-nonstructural-building-elements-for-earthquake-forces

https://www.mbqld.com.au/news-and-publications/news/are-you-complying-with-the-earthquake-standard

 

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