We are currently building our first home and have recently reached the frame stage (finally!). But we have noticed that our frames don't appear to have horizontal timber bars (noggings?) in between the studs. Instead there are these thin, flimsy looking metal 'braces' attached to the frames...please see pics.
ALL the other builds we have seen have timber noggings in between the studs which make them look and feel much more sturdy. So we are worried...
Does anyone know whether this frame system without timber noggings is OK and whether this is compliant?
Our builder (unfortunately) has been quite poor in communications and is extremely defensive about any questions raised, which makes us more worried...
Any advice from a professional or someone with experience with these bracings would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance!