Origin & Purpose
T&R has developed VertiBrace in response to architects’ needs for a partition restraint solution that deals with the vertical movement of a building. Vertical movement can be caused by wind and seismic events as well as live/dead loads imposed on the floor above. The VertiBrace provides lateral bracing and removes the need for deflection headtrack. It prevents many of the issues seen during the Christchurch, Kaikoura and Seddon Earthquakes, helping to ensure occupant safety and limit non-structural partition damage.
It utilises a sliding connection that separates the partition wall from the structure above meaning that any vertical deflection doesn’t damage the partition system. Furthermore, this separation also works acoustically.
A Closer Look
The Vertical action in buildings caused by wind and seismic events, when not designed for, can produce pressure and stress on interior partition walls. If not catered for in design, movement can cause walls and glazing units to be crushed, broken, or torn.
VertiBrace allows for this vertical displacement to be accomodated through a sliding connection.
The VertiBrace has been developed to exceed the New Zealand Building Code using sound engineering principles. The performance and capacity of all brackets has been quantified by extensive physical testing.
Suitable for ceiling height and full height partition walls in commercial interiors