Hearing PGC Building Beginning 28 November 2011

Posted 10 Oct 2011 by RoyalCommission Popular
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PGC Building Hearing

 

The Commission will conduct a public hearing in the week beginning 28 November 2011 in which it will consider all issues relevant to the failure of the PGC building in the earthquake of 22 February 2011, and the substantial loss of life and injury that resulted:

The Commission will consider:

  • Whether the building as originally designed and constructed complied with earthquake-risk and other legal and best practice requirements both when it was designed and constructed and on or before 4 September 2010.
  • Whether any alterations to, and maintenance of, the building complied with earthquake-risk and other legal and best practice requirements both when they were carried out and on or before 4 September 2010.
  • Why the building failed on 22 February 2011 and why the failure caused extensive injury and death.
  • Whether there were any particular features of the building that contributed to the failure.
  • The nature of the land associated with the building and how it was affected by the Canterbury earthquakes.
  • Whether the building had been identified as earthquake-prone on or before 4 September 2010.
  • Whether the building was subject to required or voluntary measures to make it less susceptible to earthquake risk and the compliance standards they had achieved.
  • The performance of the building and any damage sustained in the earthquake of 4 September 2010 and the aftershocks down to 22 February 2011.
  • The nature and effectiveness of any inspections of the building or other actions take in respect of it following the 4 September earthquake down to 22 February.
  • The results of the investigation carried out by the Department of Building and Housing into the collapse of the building.
  • Any other issues relevant to the building under the Commission's Terms of Reference

Submissions

The Commission now requests that any evidence or submissions on these issues by provided in electronic form by 7 November 2011.

Related Report

Department of Building and Housing technical investigation reports

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