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