One mechanism Precast NZ uses to best serve the interests of its members and promote the uptake of precast concrete construction is the development of good practice guidance documents.
Industry Guide — Handling, Transportation and Erection of Precast Concrete aims to give practical assistance in relation to precast products, covering the steps from manufacture through to final placement.
The Guide primarily considers precast concrete as used in buildings, but it may be referred to for handling, transportation and erection of all precast concrete elements where appropriate.
It does not take priority over the Building Code, New Zealand Standards or approved Codes of Practice.
The Building Code and various design standards cover requirements for structures in service. This Guide is to assist with the processes prior to incorporation of precast concrete elements into the structure.
It covers matters from manufacture through handling, transportation and erection.
The available range of precast concrete products is large, and is used in a myriad of ways. This Guide does not cover all circumstances.
All procedures described in the Guide should be performed under the control of a competent person with appropriate training.
Download a free copy from the Precast NZ web site: www.precastnz.org.nz.