Suspended Ceilings Code of Practice Update
November was a busy month for the Suspended Ceilings Code of Practice technical group with meetings to discuss the draft being held in Hamilton, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
A good cross section of the construction industry attended – architects, engineers, council compliance staff, main contractors, builders, ceiling manufacturers and installers.
The technical group of John Keen – USG Boral, Keith Hogg – Hush Interiors, Ruth Berry – BRANZ, Dennis Prout and John Parkin – AWCI have been writing the code of practice since early 2014.
The code of practice has been developed following the earthquakes in Canterbury and Seddon where ceilings and non-structural elements (partitions, lights, air conditioning, sprinkler systems, plumbing, cabling etc.) collapsed causing catastrophic damage.
Nobody was killed as a direct result but serious injury could easily have occurred.
The Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries of NZ was challenged by the Ministry of Building, Innovation and Enterprise to take action ensuring the design and installation of safe compliant ceilings.
Submissions on the draft code closed on the 27th November and suggested changes will be incorporate into the document by the end of the year.
2015 will see the official launch of the Suspended Ceilings Code of Practice followed by a series of educational meetings around New Zealand.