02 June 2014

Building (Earthquake-Prone Buildings) Amendment Bill

The Local Government and Environment Committee proposed requiring mandatory assessments of non-residential buildings within five years, and strengthening of earthquake-prone buildings within 15 years of the assessment. With the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, the Structural Engineering Society New Zealand and the New Zealand Geotechnical Society, we expressed concern that there weren’t enough engineering professionals with appropriate qualifications to do the work in the time outlined. Since then, the Government announced their intention to categorise New Zealand into three seismic risk zones and update the deadlines for assessment and strengthening/demolishing, so high risk areas will be dealt with first.

Read the submission on Building (Earthquake-Prone Buildings) Amendment Bill (PDF 195KB)