Earthquake Prone Buildings

March 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Of the 67 Territorial Authorities (TA’s), only 24 have made a start on the seismic evaluation of local buildings.

The Ministry of Building Innovation & Employment are currently looking at policy and management of the process because it is considered that the current outcomes from TA’s are too variable:

–       with different time frames for strengthening work – up to 50 years in one case

–       some are inactive

–       have different approaches with respect to heritage buildings

–       not delivering a satisfactory level of risk management

There will be adjustments to the process coming from the Ministry

Objectives will be to:

–       balance life and safety considerations against economic, heritage and other

–       have policies that are effectively implemented and consistent across New Zealand

Meanwhile TA’s still proceed with the process of IEP (Initial Evaluation Process) where structural engineers assess the local building stock that is older than 1976 and greater than one storey, to establish if these buildings are classified as “earthquake prone” i.e. less than 34% strength of NBS (New Building Standard)

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