Six-Level Timber Apartment Building in a High Seismic Zone

Jason MILBURN, BE (Hons) ME MIPENZ, Director, Holmes Consulting Group Warwick BANKS, NZCE, BE, MIPENZ CPeng, Associate Director, Holmes Consulting Group

This six-level timber framed apartment building is under construction in New Zealand. The building, in Wellington, is in the highest seismic zone in the country and is predominately braced by plywood-lined walls. Specifically developed details address issues of acoustic performance, vertical load and lateral load resistance, and ductility under seismic attack. Use of such a system simplified the construction of a transfer structure between the apartments and car parking levels as well as providing an economical form of construction.

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