W Massey, L Megget (EQC funded project)
This book is intended to promote adequate performance of non-structural elements in earthquake – both to reduce damage and to avoid adverse structural effects.
Recognition of the need for a New Zealand guide to the architectural design of non-structural elements arose out of meetings, discussions and enquiry conducted b y 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.
This book provides an overview and most topics are at least summarized 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.
As one architect who has recognized the need for, but difficulty of producing, cost effective details that meet New Zealand earthquake code requirements I hope 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.