Concrete Futures

DAMAGE RESISTANT DESIGN USING CONCRETE SYSTEMS

As we look to rebuild following the devastation of the Canterbury earthquakes, and drive New Zealand forward towards a more productive future, our construction industry is undertaking a detailed examination of advanced building technologies and materials.

To assist our structural engineers, architects and designers in this task, as well as our major contractors and builders, the CCANZ is committed to raising awareness of reinforced concrete’s role in damage resistant design solutions, such as PREcast Seismic Structural System (PRESSS), base isolation and non-tearing joints (slotted beams).

Showcased as part of the Concrete Futures campaign, these systems represent a new low damage approach to seismic design, one which still embraces life safety as a priority, but also seeks to enable business continuity post-earthquake for building owners, their clients and the public, through damage minimisation.

New Zealand is also fortunate to have access to quality, locally made building materials. Cement production is world class, as are our ready mixed concrete and precast operators, and reinforcement manufacturers.

The concrete industry is positioned to meet and exceed the expected rise in future demand – we have the capacity.

In striving to create a resilient and more prosperous future for New Zealand, reinforced concrete will continue to provide the answers for building excellence across all types of construction.


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“The advancements in structural design and earthquake engineering, such as PRESSS, base isolation and non-tearing joints, are being developed for a safer and more secure New Zealand.”

ROB GAIMSTER
CEMENT & CONCRETE ASSOCIATION OF NZ (CCANZ)