Home[Mandatory Topic of ARB] Complaint Solution to Seismic & Internal Building Movement


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05 Mar 2024


04:00 PM




New Zealand,

[Mandatory Topic of ARB] Complaint Solution to Seismic & Internal Building Movement


1 Formal CPD Hour



by Harland Attwood


Presentation Overview


Movement of internal wall and ceiling systems in towers worldwide is causing an increasing amount consternation in the industry in recent years. The “creaky tower” problem continues to frustrate tenants, contractors, developers, and specifiers. The problems created by such noise and damage leads to complaints and rectification costs, anxiety, and sleep deprivation of tenants, and reduced re-sale value of the actual asset. The implementation of requirements for the new National Construction Code also reinforces the importance of this issue.


In this presentation we will discuss the scope, cause and solutions to this dilemma and will also address topics such as, acoustic, fire, and seismic designs.


By the end of this presentation, you will gain knowledge on how to design and specify high performing and NCC compliant wall and ceilings systems that are engineered to perform in extreme fire, moisture, impact, seismic and cyclonic conditions whilst maintaining safety and efficiency for the installers and consumers.


At the end of this presentation attendees will be able to:


  1. The importance of not transferring loads/forces to the internal walls and ceilings by connecting it to the seismic force resisting system. (i.e concrete core /steel structure)
  2. Understand where and why the current walls and ceiling systems are not compliant to the National Construction Code.
  3. Explain the difference between isolation and non-isolation wall and ceiling systems, the positive and negative effects of both.


Performance Criteria:

PC 39, PC 45, PC 46


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