Hearing Beginning 7 November 2011

Posted 08 Sep 2011 by RoyalCommission Popular
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Hearing Beginning 7 November 2011

The Commission will conduct a public hearing in the weeks of 7 and 14 November 2011 in which it will consider evidence and submissions on:

The legal requirements for buildings that are “earthquake prone” under section 122 of the Building Act  2004, including:

  • the buildings that are, and those that should be, treated  by the law as “earthquake prone”, and
  • existing buildings that are or should be required by law to meet a defined minimum proportion of the seismic standards for the design, construction and maintenance of new buildings, and
  • the enforcement of legal requirements for such buildings including the period allowed for   compliance.

The requirements for existing buildings that are not “earthquake prone” but do not meet current legal and best practice requirements for the design, construction and maintenance of new buildings, including whether, to what extent, and over what period, they should be required to meet those requirements.

Existing and new methods for the seismic strengthening or “retro-fitting” of existing unreinforced masonry buildings.

The desirability of immediate action in respect of restraining parapets, chimneys, and other high-hazard elements.

The respective roles of central and local government in respect of earthquake-prone buildings and their seismic strengthening.

Related Report

The Performance of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings in the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Swarm

Discussion

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