The way we design, coordinate and install suspended ceilings is about to change

Poorly designed in-ceiling services and suspended ceilings caused havoc during recent earthquakes.

Fortunately no-one died from falling ceiling infrastructure in either the Christchurch or Wellington quakes.

But there remains a genuine and real threat to life when unrestrained ceiling infrastructure collides during an earthquake.

The swaying in-ceiling services caused massive structural damage in Wellington where buildings were abandoned for repairs and resulted in some Christchurch buildings being demolished.

The way we do things is about to change. There is a need for greater awareness from design and coordination through to final sign-off.

A new draft Code of Practice for ceiling designs and installation is being discussed in your area soon.

5 November,
Hamilton,
Gallagher Lounge,
Waikato Stadium.

13 November,
Auckland,
Rutherford Room, Alexandra Park,
Epsom.

19 November,
Wellington,
Mac’s Function Centre,
4 Taranaki Street.

20 November,
Christchurch,
The Tea House,
Riccarton Park.

Meetings start at 10am with morning tea. Allow two hours.

If you are a designer, engineer, project manager, ceiling supplier, installer, insurer, building owner or compliance official this is very important for your work.

This Code of Practice will impact on HVAC, lighting, fire protection, data, plumbing and electrical installations.

Find out what’s planned and have your say. Submissions on the draft Code of Practice close on 27 November.

The project team includes the Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries of NZ (AWCI) and Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ).

Read the full draft Code of Practice document here.

Project Team – Ruth Berry, BRANZ
Keith Hogg, Hush Interiors
John Keen, USG Boral
John Parkin, AWCI
Dennis Prout

If you are interested in attending one of these meetings, please contact John Parkin.

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