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  • New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering on earthquake prone buildings

    Issue 53 – September 2013

    The New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering's (NZSEE's) Executive Officer Win Clark says its long-standing position, and one it would urge commercial building owners to adopt, is that those who elect to strengthen their commercial properties, particularly those of high occupancy, should aim for at least 67%. 'This will significantly reduce the potential risk to life and make our communities more resilient. Resilience of buildings, the capacity to withstand higher earthquake effects without collapse, has become a key focus in the wake of learnings from Canterbury.

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  • IPENZ concerns with new earthquake prone building rules

    Issue 53 – September 2013

    The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) is analysing the Government's changes to earthquake prone buildings, with particular concerns about the assessment process and increased pressure on the already severe shortage of engineers. IPENZ chief executive Andrew Cleland said his organisation, representing about 15 000 engineers nationwide, had requested further details about the changes to know if they were realistic and in-line with best practice.

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