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.

Typical suspended ceiling: suspended steel grid supporting ceiling panels

A typical suspended ceiling, using a suspended steel grid to support the ceiling panels.

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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Damage to a suspended ceiling.

Damage to a suspended ceiling and ducting service caused by lack of seismic restraint in the ceiling space. (Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries of New Zealand)