Earthquake prone Buildings in high risk areas identified

Earthquake prone Buildings in high risk areas identified

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The Ministry of Business has revealed from reporting released today showing all priority earthquake-prone builds in New Zealand’s high seismic risk areas.

Local territorial authorities have identified each.

“The latest figures from the 2020 EPB progress report shows that all priority earthquake-prone buildings have been identified by the 38 territorial authorities located in high seismic risk areas,” said Janet Blake, Manager of System Strategy and Performance in the Building Performance team at MBIE.

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“This is an important milestone, as it means that buildings that pose the greatest risk to public safety or other property have now been identified and will be remediated.”

Critical steps were taken, which mean people will be protected from harm in future earthquakes. High-risk areas will need to be identified within non-priority buildings and medium risk areas, which will have to identify theirs by July 1, 2022.

“These changes were introduced to ensure the way buildings are managed for future earthquakes is consistent and strikes a balance between protecting people; the costs of strengthening; and the impact on New Zealand’s built heritage,” said Ms Blake.

It will be the third year they have to require reports on their progress to MBIE.

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