Environmental Management

By: Engineering News  06-Dec-2011

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2011 14:56

Earthquake experts are looking to update the Guidelines on the Assessment and Improvement of the Structural Performance of Buildings in Earthquakes in support of the Department of Building and Housing’s recommendations, following its technical investigation into the failure of the large multi-storey Pyne Gould Corporation (PGC), Forsyth Barr and Hotel Grand Chancellor buildings during the February 22 Christchurch earthquake.

ew Zealand must apply lessons from the investigations into the Canterbury building failures to drive progress and reduce risks from earthquakes in the country, earthquake engineers say.

New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering executive officer Win Clark says the society agrees with the DBH’s findings, released last month, which cite extremely strong ground shaking as one of principal reasons why the three buildings failed as well as noting that at the time they were constructed, design requirements were less well understood than they are today.

DBH has also released its report to the Minister for Building and Construction outlining its response to the findings, including urgent priority actions recommended by the expert panel that undertook the investigation.

The reports are seen to provide vital information to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Building Failure Caused by Canterbury Earthquakes.

Clark says the lessons "must be learned from, addressed and applied".

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