How does a Monkey Toe system perform in earthquakes?

Our thoughts are with those who have been adversely affected by the recent earthquakes. They were felt by many across the country.  It was certainly the most widely felt quake I have experienced. 

I was woken in the night and began to feel a little disconcerted when it was still shaking the house after a couple of minutes. Of course the whole family was soon awake and up, and we didn't get much sleep that night as aftershocks hit. 

When the ground below you and the building around you shakes, it is hard to have peace of mind, but one thing you can be sure about, Monkey Toe structures are far safer than any other alternative in a quake. Why is that? Glad you asked.

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A fraction of the weight. 

Our platforms are around a 3rd of the weight of structural steel alternatives. This means there is far less weight hanging over your head. It also means there is less weight applied to the building to further stress it. This is particularly important when you have very large platforms like the ones we have put on Cashel Square in Christchurch.

Check out the video at the bottom of the download page here.


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Strength and flexibility 

As a strong metal with low density, aluminum offers durability and stability that no other framing material can provide. Strength and flexibility are imperative to a structure’s resistance from the forces of Mother Nature, as it is primarily the bending of the frame from  horizontal tremors that result in structural damage. Our sectional components with cross bracing  acts as energy-absorbing components for the structure.  Since aluminum is lighter than steel, the seismic loads are generally smaller if an aluminum  structure is used. Therefore, a system made of aluminum performs better than a steel structure when subjected to earthquake forces

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New Zealand Engineering 

Face it, we expect to have earthquakes; they don't call them the Shaky Isles for nothing. Subsequently our codes are some of the most stringent in the world. Designed and engineered in NZ for our conditions including quakes, you can have confidence that a Monkey Toe system will perform under pressure. Most of our products come with a PS1 as standard.

It is good to have the peace of mind that a Monkey Toe system brings.

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