Based on learnings derived from the Canterbury earthquakes, GIB EzyBrace Systems have been updated in late 2016 and now offer improved design flexibility and further simplification of the bracing design and building process.
GIB EzyBrace Systems are fully compliant with NZS 3604:2011 and are independently BRANZ Appraised (No. 928, 2016) for complete peace of mind.
GIB EzyBrace Systems now include:
Updated GIB EzyBrace Design Software
Provides bracing design software which is intuitive and simple to use. The software is available free to download from the GIB EzyBrace website with both timber and proprietary steel frame options available.
GIB Bracing Element GS2-NOM
GS2-NOM allows internal walls lined with GIB plasterboard on both sides and fastened off as per the standard fixing requirements of the current GIB Site Guide to contribute to bracing resistance.
Key benefits of GS2-NOM include:
- Potential to reduce the amount of fasteners required in a building*
- Encourages more even bracing distribution throughout the building
- Allows most homes to be braced with a single lining type
* Actual savings dependent on building and bracing design.
Updated Openings in Bracing Elements and Ceiling Diaphragms Information
Large holes specification updated to use a more conservative methodology and additional guidance around for fireplace flues and range hoods included.
GIBFix Framing System
The GIBFix Framing System is an enhanced timber framing system. Compared to conventional timber framing, the GIBFix Framing System offers:
- Reduced potential for fastener pop and joint cracking as a result of timber frame movement
- Improved thermal performance
- Fully integrated into GIB EzyBrace Systems
- Visit the GibFix webpage for more information on the GIBFix Framing System
To achieve optimal framing and bracing design efficiency, Winstone Wallboards recommends the use of the GIBFix Framing System used in conjunction with GIB EzyBrace Systems.
For more information on GIB EzyBrace Systems visit the GIB Ezybrace website or call the GIB Helpline on 0800 100 442.