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This month at Monkeytoe April 2020
A note from Budd We’ve been busy in head office. Despite some restrictions, thankfully it’s largely been business as usual. We’ve shifted a lot of operations online and have offered no less than 40 virtual presentations on our products this month. We also anticipate more to come, so to keep things moving forward you will...
Faster, Stronger, Lighter: Introducing Monkeytoe XBeam
Greater than the sum of its parts “We spent about three years talking to builders, designers and engineers, trying to work out what benefits we needed to offer,” says Budd Prestidge, our General Manager who has been leading the development of the XBeam. “As we worked through the different options, the best one came out...
Nine Compliance Hurdles Architects Need to Know – #9 What to do about an Asbestos Roof
Adding a walkway or stairs can be a great way of maximising the life of an existing roof, but working with asbestos is unenviable and frankly best avoided. It’s inherently brittle, so there’s no chance of either walking on a roof with it or using the roof itself for any form of support without it...
Nine Compliance Hurdles Architects Need to Know – #8 The 2m Walk-Off Rule for Ladders
The answer is a definite no. While the NZBC and 1657 don’t specify a clearance for ladder walk-offs, NZBC does require an 1800mm landing to arrest falling users in D1 4.3.6(c). However the industry standard – passed down from the older ‘3m drop/2m back’ rule – is to allow a minimum of 2m from the...
Nine Compliance Hurdles Architects Need to Know – #5 Ladder Clearances: Toes and Cages
This is another instance where the NZBC makes clear the distances required for best safety and usability. If you’re designing a rung-type ladder, D1 5.3.1-e-iv tells you the toe clearance to any wall or solid object behind the stair needs to be a minimum of 200mm. The 200mm rule gives good space for the average...
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