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Concrete Masonry Course for Architects
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Concrete NZ, with support from Firth Industries, has developed a course based on NZS 4229 Concrete Masonry Buildings Not Requiring Specific Engineering Design, as well as NZ Building Code Clauses B1, B2 and E2.


The half-day course qualifies for 40 NZRAB CPD points and 5 ADNZ CPD points.

Structural requirements for the design of foundations, walls, beams and lintels, diaphragms, along with bracing for wind and earthquake forces are all be covered during the course. 

Attendees will learn to develop structural designs for concrete masonry buildings without the need of an engineer.  The course also covers weathertightness, sound and thermal performance.

It would help attendees to bring a copy of NZS 4229 to the course, and also be familiar with NZS 3604 Timber-Framed Buildings.

The course contains nine sections and an exercise that requires the attendee to apply the knowledge learnt during the course.

  • Section 1 - Scope
    • Geometry
    • Loads
    • Construction excluded
  • Section 2 - Inspection & Workmanship
    • Materials
    • Inspection process
    • NZS 4210 summary
  • Section 3 – Site Requirements
    • Suitable ground
    • Unsuitable ground
    • Testing
  • Section 4 - Bracing
    • Bracing lines
    • Resisting wind forces
    • Resisting earthquake forces
  • Section 5 - Walls
    • Masonry Units
    • Reinforcement
  • Section 6 - Diaphragms
  • Section 7 - Beams & Lintels
  • Section 8 - Foundation
  • Section 9 - Weathertightness
    • Exercise - Applying what has been learnt

Check out the Events page to see where and when the next Concrete Construction Course is scheduled, or contact Concrete NZ using the training enquiry form.