TRACKLOK® World’s First ICC-ES ESR Accreditations by Shaun Evans

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TRACKLOK® has been issued with the world’s first ICC-ES ESR accreditations for partition and ceiling bracing.

The accreditation means our TRACKLOK® RETRO partition bracing and GRIDLOK® ceiling bracing is in full compliance with 2015, 2012, 2009 and 2006 International Building Code (IBC) plus 2016 California Building Code (CBC) and Los Angeles Building Code (LABC).

Check our international ICC-ES ESR 4188 (TRACKLOK® RETRO* known as BRACELOK in the US) and ICC-ES ESR 4187 (GRIDLOK®) accreditations.

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We have also secured our first OPM certification for TRACKLOK® RETRO from OSHPD (Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development). Hospitals and the health care sector throughout California now have access to, and certification for, our TRACKLOK® RETRO partition bracing – and we’re currently working through the process for GRIDLOK® too.

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Special thanks to our US partners for ensuring our testing is world class, accredited and peer reviewed to the highest standards.

In New Zealand and Australia please contact our hard working and supportive distributors for all your bracing needs, including the long awaited DEFLOK™ vertical deflection bracing unit.


*Please note TRACKLOK® is known as BRACELOK™ in the USA to avoid brand confusion with Clark Dietrich Building Systems LLC drywall framing system TRAKLOC®.

The TRACKLOK® family is growing! by Shaun Evans

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As we continue to develop robust, accredited and world leading bracing systems, it’s important that we bring on talent and knowledge that aligns with our values of trust, integrity and commitment to quality.

With this in mind we are delighted to announce the appointment of Jeremy Baker to the role of National Technical Sales for TRACKLOK®. 

With deep experience in the world of non-structural product/system development and construction, Jeremy is a perfect fit for TRACKLOK®.

He has over 20 years in various sectors of the construction industry, which provides Jeremy with a depth of industry understanding and technical knowledge. 

With his easy going nature, customer focussed attitude combined with a passion for seismic design, Jeremy Baker is ready to help designers, engineers and construction professionals

Outside of work Jeremy enjoys golf, travel and spending time with his two daughters.

We wish Jeremy every success at TRACKLOK® and we know you will enjoy working with him as much as he will enjoy working with you!


Connect with Jeremy on LinkedIn or email jeremy@tracklok.com

 

 

DEFLOK™ is here! by Shaun Evans

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After two years of development (and a couple of hurdles along the way) we’re pleased to present to the market our new bracing system - DEFLOK™.

Traditional timber and proprietary aluminium head and glazing tracks have limited to no vertical deflection capabilities. DEFLOK™ gives these systems the ability to allow for + or - 25mm of vertical deflection whilst still maintaining all the lateral brace attributes of the standard TRACKLOK® range. This eliminates the requirement for a bulkhead over aluminium glazing lines.

Although TRACKLOK® FLAT does allow partitions to deal with unlimited vertical deflection, due to its unique design, it does have some wall weight and length limitations. DEFLOK™ provides vertical movement allowance of + or - 25mm, while effectively restraining walls up to 40kg per m2 over any length of wall. If the walls on your project are over 40kg per m2 contact our friendly TRACKLOK® technical team for advise on the appropriate bracing layout for you.

Traditional steel deflection tracks are a fantastic way to allow for + or - 20mm of vertical deflection, combined with DEFLOK™ you can achieve a huge 90mm or + or - 45mm of total vertical deflection.

DEFLOK™ does not require prior assembly, it’s a sealed unit that will not fall apart, bind or protrude into the glazing pocket.


TRACKLOK® bracing systems are extensively researched, developed and tested - we are committed to all aspects of the process, from the engineering to the ease of installation. We pride ourselves indeveloping products that have and continue to secure global accreditations so you can specify and install with confidence.

TRACKLOK® - Innovators not imitators.

California earthquake and why rigorous testing matters! by Shaun Evans

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This recent California earthquake is a timely reminder of how vulnerable we are and the importance of preparing and implementing early measures to prevent/minimize the impact of seismic events.

@TRACKLOK @BRACELOK USA) knows rigorous testing matters - our ICC-ES certification has been an arduous process because these high standards of compliance matter everywhere.

@TRACKLOK (@BRACELOK USA) knows the importance of investing and getting it right and we’re proud to have achieved one of the highest and most robust certifications in the world, the ICC-ES certification.

@TRACKLOK (@BRACELOK USA) is now supporting California commercial construction with @BRACELOK and GRIDLOK®.

We take #seismicresilience seriously because life, property and business continuity are at risk!

Innovation Not Imitation by Shaun Evans

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It’s been a while since we talked – and there is so much to share with you!

But first, the team at TRACKLOK® have been working on something innovative for over two years, and we are excited to be releasing it to the market very shortly.

Watch this space...

In the meantime, feel free to check out the ICC-ES certifications gained for TRACKLOK® RETRO and GRIDLOK® in California, USA.

These have been gained through extremely rigorous testing and engineering to the highest seismic standards including E580, ASCE261 and Section 13.5.6 of ASCE7.

Tremors felt in Australia after 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia by Shaun Evans

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A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck near to Indonesia's Tanimbar islands in the Banda Sea Monday, with tremors being felt as far away as northern Australia.

The earthquake hit at a depth of about 208 kilometers (129 miles), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). That's considered an intermediate depth, meaning the quake was less likely to cause shaking on land than one closer to the Earth's surface.

Still, residents in the Australian city of Darwin, approximately 720 kilometers away (450 miles), said they could feel shaking due to the seismic activity.

For the full article click the link below.

CDHB aims for November opening for new hospital building by Shaun Evans

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In a matter of months, helicopters carrying seriously injured and unwell patients will be able to land on the roof of a building at Christchurch Hospital.

The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) aims to start treating patients in the new Christchurch Hospital, Hagley building – formerly known as the acute services building – from November. The building features a helipad on its roof, meaning patients will be able to be airlifted directly to hospital instead of being transferred from Hagley Park.

For the full article click the link below.

Design of non-structural building elements for earthquake forces by Shaun Evans

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During an earthquake, the performance of non-structural building elements may significantly impact the level of risk posed to building occupants, both directly and indirectly.

In addition to potentially causing injury through collapse, poorly or unrestrained non-structural elements can rupture pipework (which may lead to failure of a fire sprinkler system), short electrical equipment (which may start a fire) and block exit paths.

The collapse of non-structural elements may also compromise the structural elements of a building, rendering the building un-occupiable and resulting in significant repair costs and lost productivity.

For the full article click the link below.

New warning video released of 'high risk' megathrust quake expected off Hawke's Bay by Shaun Evans

A new and chilling video has been released warning of the anticipated "megathrust" earthquake which may strike near the eastern coast of the North Island.

The first Hikurangi Response Plan educational video features practical tips on how to better prepare for a large earthquake and tsunami.

The four-minute clip has been prepared by East Coast LAB (Life at the Boundary), a programme trying to educate the public, especially those living on the coast near the Hikurangi plate boundary.

It warns New Zealand sits on a subduction zone similar to Japan, and people should be prepared for the next large earthquake and tsunami.

For the full article click the link below.

The Good News: Part 1 by Shaun Evans

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We’ve done it!

The team at TRACKLOK® are very proud to announce our US testing and accreditation regime has been completed - we have been issued the world’s first ICC-ES ESR for partition bracing.

We introduce to you ICC-ES ESR 4188. Please note TRACKLOK® is known as BRACELOK™ in the USA to avoid brand confusion with Clark Dietrich Building Systems LLC drywall framing system TRAKLOC®.

This means our RETRO partition bracing is in full compliance with 2015, 2012, 2009 and 2006 International Building Code (IBC). Plus, 2016 California Building Code (CBC) and Los Angeles Building Code (LABC).

We have worked closely with the good people at ICC Evaluation Service, QAI Testing Laboratories and our fantastic engineers at Degenkolb to design, implement and execute an approved testing regime, crunch the data and produce this stellar outcome!

Amazing to think it all started 6 years ago in a garage on the North Shore of Auckland City, trying to make a positive difference to the Christchurch City rebuild and help improve our industry.

We have more good news to come, but for now we want to share this achievement with you and thank you all for your support.

TRACKLOK® Evolves by Shaun Evans

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The team at TRACKLOK® have been working hard in the USA for the last two years testing our products to achieve ICC accreditation – no small feat!

We are close to achieving this goal.

As part of this process we have been required to change the material TRACKLOK® products are made from. We have complied and will be making TRACKLOK® in steel going forward.

We have also tested with a reduced number of screws in the fly plate and top connectors of TRACKLOK®, TRACKLOK® RETRO and TRACKLOK® TIMBA.

This has been a success.

The “new” TRACKLOK® products will only require 4 x 10-gauge wafer tek screws in each connection point to the steel stud, reducing the amount of screws required to brace!

We will run out the aluminium stock and steel will begin to filter through. Plus, we will be updating images and design guides with the new look.

As we do, please note that both the aluminium and the new steel versions comply to AS/NZS1170 and provide the same capacity.

Contact your local TRACKLOK® distributor – they have samples and stock ready for you.

Welcome back by Shaun Evans

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The team at TRACKLOK® wish you very Happy and Prosperous New Year and welcome to 2019 - it has been an amazing summer season, complimented by fantastic weather. If it’s your first day back at work after a decent break, then lucky you! If you’ve been back at work for a while, then we hope you are enjoying the weather before and after work.

All of us at TRACKLOK® have been working hard over the summer break, ensuring the availability of TRACKLOK® and GRIDLOK® products here in New Zealand and Australia.

We have also been involved in a robust test program based in California, which will help us provide these great solutions to the US market. Our testing in the USA was successful and our accreditation is progressing well. One of the benefits of testing to USA codes and requirements has been to verify what we already know about the capacity and performance of TRACKLOK® and GRIDLOK®, while learning a few new things.

We will have more updates about these learnings soon and we look forward to sharing them with you.

In the meantime, if you or your clients have any questions please contact us and remember to take advantage of our FREE TRACKLOK® Mark Up Service.

End of year milestones by Shaun Evans

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The TRACKLOK® team have had an amazing 2018 and we want to sincerely thank you all very much for making this journey possible.

A couple of key milestones:

  • After two years of preparation we completed our combined ICC, OSHPD and DSA testing and look forward to the advancement of our US certification in 2019.

  • The honour of being involved in some of New Zealand’s key projects, including Acute Services Building in Christchurch, Commercial Bay and Scentre Group in Auckland.

  • The first Australian TRACKLOK® and GRIDLOK® projects.

  • A humbling response to TRACKLOK® and GRIDLOK® in Australia, USA, Canada, Japan and beyond.

We’ve really enjoyed working with incredible architects, brilliant engineers, talented installers and hardworking distributors from around the world.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families – it really has been our pleasure! Really looking forward to working with you all in 2019.

Update by Shaun Evans

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The end of 2018 is closing in fast and the team at TRACKLOK® are astounded at how quickly this year has zipped past! The year has been busy for all in our industry and the sheer volume of construction work means that many install teams will be working through the Christmas break!

The TRACKLOK® team are working with our dedicated distributors to ensure TRACKLOK® and GRIDLOK® products are available when needed.

Talk to your preferred distributor regarding your project requirements over the Christmas break to ensure you have the products you need.
 
TRACKLOK® offices will be closed from 21st December 2018 through to 9th January 2019.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your project requirements for the Christmas and New Year break, please contact the team at TRACKLOK®.

Plan mark up by Shaun Evans

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The team at TRACKLOK® have been speaking with engineers, designers and installers about creating efficiencies in bracing of non-structural walls and ceilings. It is clear there is a need for consistency. From design to consent to installation and inspection.

In a response to this, TRACKLOK® offer a FREE plan mark-up service for wall bracing.

Simply email your reflected ceiling plan (RCP) to us showing the part height partition walls, wall build up and location of the project. Our dedicated team will mark the TRACKLOK® positions on the plan. This marked plan along with our Bracing Guide can be lodged with the consent for the project, filed with the successful installation company and retained for use by project managers and building inspectors to ensure consistency. This is another small way in which we can make a big difference on site!

Contact the team at TRACKLOK® today or simply email your wall plans and designs here.

Build efficiency and cost reduction by Shaun Evans

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The team at TRACKLOK® have been speaking with architects and engineers around the world about the efficiency and build benefits TRACKLOK® and GRIDLOK® bring to construction.
 
Utilizing TRACKLOK® for partition walls, allows designers to confidently bring non-fire and acoustic rated full height walls under ceiling to achieve substantial cost and labour savings. The ability for TRACKLOK® to provide pre-engineered compliance to building codes means part height partition walls are a real option to replace some full height walls.
 
Another feature of TRACKLOK®, is the rubber dampener. This prevents the head track from twisting under seismic loads and interstory drift, avoiding plasterboard separation and achieving compliance.
 
Additionally, GRIDLOK® rigid bracing for ceiling systems has seen a reduction in labour hours and in the number of braces required, due to the consistent capacity of GRIDLOK®.
 
We continue to work with industry professionals to find new ways to achieve build efficiency and cost reduction while achieving maximum code compliance.
 
Contact us to talk about your next project and please visit our website to find all the details you require for your designs.

Reduce costs, build it better by Shaun Evans

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The team at TRACKLOK® continue to work hard with our New Zealand distributors and customers, helping them to build it better with the full range of TRACKLOK® and GRIDLOK® solutions.

With the recent failures of construction companies and the pressure costs are having on businesses in the construction sector, we see TRACKLOK® and GRIDLOK® as great solutions that reduce consultancy fees incurred on projects. The ability to include these pre-engineered solutions, simply reduces costs.

As we continue to move into Australia and The United States of America, we are seeing designers and installers looking beyond TRACKLOK® and GRIDLOK® as seismic solutions and towards the build efficiencies these products provide.

Reduction in labour hours on site and the efficiency of install, combined with inherent compliance, makes TRACKLOK® for walls and GRIDLOK® for ceilings the path to working smarter, not harder.

For your next commercial project talk to TRACKLOK® or our hard working distributors for guidance on securing non-structural walls and ceilings. To see us in person, visit the TRACKLOK® team at these upcoming conferences:

  • SEAOC Convention, JW Marriott Desert Resort, Palm Desert, CA, Sept 11th – 15th, 2018

  • AEC, Sydney International Convention Centre, Sydney, AUS, Sept 17th – 19th, 2018

  • ASEC, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, AUS, Sept 25th – 28th, 2018

GRIDLOK® the market preference by Shaun Evans

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The team at TRACKLOK® have seen a strong preference of ceiling designers and installers for the GRIDLOK® rigid bracing system for ceiling systems. Traditional methods of back bracing are beginning to be viewed as inconsistent and time consuming, while providing less than ideal outcomes due to the ambiguity around cutting strength out of steel stud to form connection flanges and transitions.

Download the latest New Zealand (edition 3) Bracing Guide and the Australian Bracing Guide for latest guidance.

GRIDLOK® has proven capacity and a consistency in performance that appeals to designers, installers and inspectors. Feedback from the market shows the huge commercial benefits to installers of massively reduced labour content, increased flexibility of positioning and the ability to rotate the bracing footprint in order to avoid services. Also, with the increased and consistent capacity, there is always an opportunity to reduce the number of braces required when compared to less effective methods.

We will continue to work with ceiling manufacturers, our distributors and ceiling contractors to ensure projects benefit from the real advantages of bracing with GRIDLOK®.

If you have questions about GRIDLOK® or would like to learn more, please let us know.

Also, if you have a TRACKLOK® project requiring our FREE mark up service, email through your RCP and wall build ups, we are only too happy to assist. Please bear in mind that due to increased volume of work, our team will need advanced warning of your requirements.

Liability for quake losses a big concern for LA property owners by Shaun Evans

Rescue workers uncover cars, some with people trapped inside, along Park Street in Paso Robles after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the city on Dec. 22, 2003. (Los Angeles Times)

Rescue workers uncover cars, some with people trapped inside, along Park Street in Paso Robles after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the city on Dec. 22, 2003. (Los Angeles Times)

The question of whether property owners can be held liable for earthquake losses bears heavily on Los Angeles, where officials are considering an ambitious plan to publicly identify and require retrofits of potentially dangerous buildings. Some property owners fear that assessing the seismic risks of their buildings will create legal liability in the event of a destructive quake.

For the full article click the link below.

AS/NZS2785:2018 Suspended Ceiling Design and Installation – Draft Out by Shaun Evans

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The team at TRACKLOK® welcomed the draft of AS/NZS2785:2018 this month, it is a real reflection of learnings in the non-structural built environment. The draft suspended ceilings standard shows how real-world advancements in design and construction become part of the building code. Once issued as an official standard, AS/NZS2785:2018 will ensure New Zealand and Australia continue to develop resilience in our building stock.

First though, it is your opportunity to have your say, click here to read the draft, then formulate and submit your comments.

When using steel stud to brace ceiling systems, often the legs (side walls) of the stud are removed. This leaves only the web of the steel stud as the attachment point to the ceiling system.

We believe there is a fundamental flaw in this approach, which is why we developed GRIDLOK®. The structural integrity of the steel stud is removed when it's geometric shape is altered/removed – perhaps more of a focus for AS/NZS4600, but still a real concern.

Also, remember our TRACKLOK® plans team are available to mark-up TRACKLOK® positions on your plans. It is a FREE service!