Special considerations for suspended ceilings
Most suspended ceilings in commercial buildings in New Zealand consist of panels supported on a grid of aluminium or steel beams that are hung from metal cables anchored to the underside of the floor above.
Many commercial buildings in Christchurch suffered damage to their suspended ceiling systems. Observers saw a range of problems, including dislodged and broken ceiling tiles, separated grid members and broken connections, failed perimeter angles. Interaction between ceiling components and adjacent services caused damage to both systems.
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