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Structural and seismic engineering research

The structural and seismic engineering team investigates critical aspects of building structural integrity and serviceability. We also conduct applied research of building structures under loading conditions such as wind, vibration and fires.

What we do

The structural and seismic engineering team explores how New Zealand's buildings perform structurally and align with the standards set in the New Zealand Building Code (NZBC). Our research areas include:

  • seismic design of low-rise and mid-rise buildings, including hybrid structures
  • seismic and fire performance of hollowcore floors
  • seismic performance of structural insulated panels (SIPs)
  • foundations on sloping sites.

Working with system stakeholders

The team collaborates on research activities with domestic and international stakeholders throughout the building system. Stakeholders include:

  • industry players (builders, suppliers and manufacturers)
  • practitioners (engineers, designers and architects)
  • government agencies
  • professional organisations
  • nationwide research programmes
  • universities
  • Crown research institutes.

Research and resources

The team has conducted substantial research aimed at addressing practical engineering challenges and issues. These activities have produced in-depth study reports and useful resources, such as the multi-storey light timber framing guide, research reports, fact sheets, bulletins and Build articles.

Updated: 15 February 2024