New legislation addresses ‘earthquake-prone’ buildings

In response to recent earthquakes, the government has responded with legislation aimed at improving New Zealand’s resilience. Hon Dr Nick Smith highlights a key component of the strategy being the development of ‘suitable regulatory requirements for identifying and upgrading those older buildings that are significantly below today’s requirements for seismic resistance’. The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings)…

Consultation opens on new earthquake-prone buildings framework

MBIE has opened public consultation on the new earthquake-prone building (EPB) regulations and methodology. This is to inform the Building (Earthquake-Prone Buildings) Amendment Act, which will come into effect in 2017. Consultation will run until 15 December 2016. Submissions have been requested on both the proposed EPB methodology, and regulations relating to: The definition of…

New framework for managing earthquake-prone buildings

The new Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act has created a new framework for managing earthquake prone buildings (EPBs). The key difference is that the system for the strengthening of EPBs now prioritises particular geographic areas, categorising NZ into low, medium and high risk. National timeframes for strengthening EPBs are set relative to the location and…

Developer, architects arrested following Taiwan building collapse

[Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty] A 17 storey apartment building in Taiwan collapsed over the weekend following a strong earthquake. Dozens were killed, and dozens more remain trapped in the debris. In the wake of the tragedy, the developer and architects of the building, which was constructed in 1989, have been arrested on suspicion of criminal business…

Google Street View – Not Just a Pretty Face

New research from the University of Southampton shows that Google Street View may be more than just a tool to spy on your neighbours. Researchers have been using images from the programme to assess the impacts of the tragic Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. Following on-site investigations to assess damage and…

Wellington’s sticker collection

At primary school the more stickers you had the more popular you were. Sadly this is not the case in Wellington where a recent study by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research shows that Wellington buildings identified as earthquake prone have dropped 45% in value. The ‘stickers’, refer to the Building Act notice that is…