Architectural Design for Earthquake

Published by the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering.

This publication is intended to promote adequate performance of non-structural elements in earthquake - to reduce the risk of injury to people, to reduce damage and to avoid adverse structural effects.

Recognition of the need for a New Zealand guide to the architectural design of nonstructural elements first arose out of meetings, discussions and enquiry conducted by a NZ National Society for Earthquake Engineering Study Group. Most  engineers, some architects and a few other specialist designers understand the principles of designing for the protection of non-structural elements, but many others, who are directly concerned with detailing, specifying and constructing buildings, do not appreciate the effects of earthquake shaking.

In 1992 Architectural Design for Earthquakes:  A guide to the design of non-structural elements was published by the NZNSEE. This edition, published in 2007 on the internet has been revised and updated. It incorporates developments that have occurred over the past fourteen years.  Most significant of these is the introduction of a new NZ earthquake loadings standard, NZ 1170 Part 5:2004 Earthquake Actions – New Zealand.

The publication provides an overview and most topics are at least summarised and references given to sources of further information. In no way does it replace involvement by professional engineers and architects in appropriate aspects of design. On the contrary, it is intended to heighten awareness of the need for engineering involvement in the design of non-structural elements.

Given the difficulty of producing, cost effective architectural details that meet New Zealand earthquake code requirements the information provided will help architects and engineers to work together to produce designs which are functional, aesthetic and achieve a high standard of earthquake performance.


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