During construction, choosing products that go together quickly can simplify the building process. EGGER OS’Brace® 6mm bracing panels are trusted by builders to provide a safe and easy solution for fast and uncomplicated construction.
The panel size fits neatly to the timber frame construction used in the Australian building industry, meaning installation is quick and straightforward.
Established as an effective bracing solution, the OS’Brace® panels are engineered and tested to comply with the relevant structural performance requirements of the National Construction Code, and have been working well on Australian building sites for more than 15 years.
EGGER OS’Brace® is a resin-bonded, three-layer wood material board created from specially oriented strands of wood. EGGER explains that separate strand processing for the core and surface layers, a special strand geometry, and a high level of orientation of the surface strands all optimise the structural performance and physical appearance of OS’Brace®. The orientation of the strands creates a performance which is greater than required for strength and stiffness properties between centre to centre of joists, plus, depending on the application, it can provide bracing solutions for up to 6kn of pressure.
Suited to a wide variety of building solutions, the panels have a full cross-sectional treatment against termite attack so they can be used in all regions of Australia. The high-quality, moisture-resistant and innovative structural panels are designed and manufactured specifically for the Australian building and construction industry.
For many builders, Engineered Building Products (EBPs) offer the combined benefits of structural integrity and streamlined construction. However, when working with EBPs, the selection of the correct application-specific components is critical. To save you time and ensure peace of mind, MiTek has developed the EasyCat App, which takes the hard work and confusion out of choosing the right EBPs.
According to MiTek, this free app is probably the most important tool a builder or certifier can take on site. It includes an electronic catalogue of EBPs produced by MiTek Australia, the latest data sheets and, where applicable, links to short, instructional videos demonstrating correct installation of EBPs.
MiTek’s huge range of EBPs are designed and engineered to meet the individual requirements of each particular job. All are rigorously tested and re-tested to ensure they pass (and in most cases, exceed) Australian Standards. This is especially important when it comes to ensuring the structural integrity of your building or structure, and that compliant load-bearing requirements are met.
The EasyCat App is easy to navigate: find facts fast with a search feature and a favourites section. EBPs are broken down into groups such as Bracing, Girder Brackets, Roof Ties and so on. Having a ready-reference, handy, on-site tool like the MiTek EasyCat App gives you confidence in selecting the right EBP for the right application.
The MiTek EasyCat App is free, and all updates made as products and/or Australian Standards change will also be free. It’s compatible with Apple and Android devices, and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play.