Superstructure – overview

This topic explores some of the design methodologies used to create earthquake resilient structures in New Zealand’s commercial and residential buildings.

Home superstructure

A PRESSS joint in a concrete frame under construction. (Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand)

Seismic design concepts

Moment frames

Braced frames – including concentric bracing and eccentric bracing

Shear panels

Horizontal diaphragms

Low-damage design – including damage limitiation strategies (residential timber construction)

Commercial buildings

Concrete structures

Steel structures

Timber structures