Ensuring a building is able to survive an earthquake without collapsing is a basic requirement of the construction industry but that in itself is not enough. It’s also essential that the building’s fabric and contents survive intact and that’s where we, as seismic engineers in Canberra, are able to play our part. The high-quality lightweight […]
Ensuring a building is able to survive an earthquake without collapsing is a basic requirement of the construction industry but that in itself is not enough. It’s also essential that the building’s fabric and contents survive intact and that’s where we, as seismic engineers in Canberra, are able to play our part.
The high-quality lightweight steel wall framing in Canberra and suspended ceiling systems in Canberra that we supply become an integral part of each building in which they’re fitted. So we ensure each and every one has sufficient resilience and durability to survive even the most violent of earthquakes without suffering damage.
A survey some years ago found that between 50% and 80% of ceiling framing, partitions and services were not properly braced in commercial buildings. Because of this, buildings can suffer severe internal damage due to earthquake activity and may be declared to be economic losses even though the structure of the building is not badly affected. This is unnecessarily wasteful and can be avoided by reducing the damage caused to the non-structural elements of a building.
As one of the leading seismic engineering companies in Canberra, we’re doing our part by ensuring the wall and ceiling systems we supply are extremely resilient against earthquake damage. Although this may not occur frequently, it is devastating when it does and can be avoided with our help.
All the wall and ceiling products we supply conform fully to Australian Standard AS1170.4, which covers the need for adequate restraint for building services against a seismic event. By ensuring our products, and the way they are fitted, conform to regulations, we reduce the load on building designers, engineers, constructors and contractors. In short, we make their jobs easier because they can specify our products safe in the knowledge that they comply fully and are reliable.
Although the components we supply are classed as ‘non-structural’ because they’re not essential to keep the building upright, that doesn’t mean they’re not important in the use of each building. Indeed, they are vital in ensuring the building is usable and practical so it’s essential they deliver what’s needed, whatever the conditions.
By clever design and smart construction using resilient materials, we ensure the fittings our seismic engineers in Canberra use are able to withstand severe seismic activity at the least possible cost and with no delays in installation. And this is without sacrificing any quality or reliability. Compliance and safety without extra effort or cost are what we want to achieve.
Australia is a country that often has to endure extreme weather conditions and earthquakes, no matter how infrequent, just add to the challenges. Our ceiling and wall systems help you to overcome some of these challenges by addressing known vulnerabilities and reducing or eliminating failures and the undesirable consequences that may follow. The restraint systems we use ensure failures are limited and compliance is assured, reducing damage, increasing safety and improving the viability of buildings. Here at Nashco, we always aim to deliver solutions that are practical and economical while still providing the standards you need.
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