August 2013: Change to Earthquake-prone building policy. Does your building meet the standards?
Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson today announced the Government’s policy to deal with earthquake-prone buildings.
“Under a nationally consistent system, an estimated 15,000 to 25,000 earthquake-prone buildings will be identified through assessments within five years of legislation taking effect (likely to be before Christmas this year). Those building owners will then have another 15 years to carry out strengthening work or have buildings demolished. The timeframe is five years longer than initially proposed.
“There will be extensions of up to 10 years from the national timeframe for strengthening for owners of earthquake-prone Category 1 heritage buildings and those on the proposed National Historic Landmarks List. There will also be exemptions available for buildings where the impact of failure is low, such as farm outbuildings and some rural halls and churches.
“The current strengthening requirements for earthquake-prone buildings will not change. Owners will still have to strengthen to 34 per cent of the new building standard (NBS).
For more information and a summary of submissions visit: http://www.dbh.govt.nz/epb-policy-review
To read about our earthquake strengthening division, click here.
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