Earthquake Risk & Strength Assessment
Strengthen your commercial buildings to New Zealand Building Act 2004 Guidelines and be confident that you’re getting a cost effective, yet robust solution.
Background on Building Compliance for Safe Buildings and Structures
In 2004 the New Zealand Building Act changed. These changes meant that buildings had to become more compliant with the quality of the building and the safety of its occupants in mind. From 2004 onwards, Council’s throughout New Zealand started undertaking seismic assessments on buildings in their areas. A large part of this earthquake risk assessment was to ensure they comply with the National Building Standard.
When the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes struck the state and safety of all buildings across New Zealand gained new importance as people across the country saw the impact of structurally unsound buildings and structures.
There is a further amendment to the New Zealand Building Act due late 2016. This will provide building owners with time frames and guidelines for either building assessment and repair or demolishing and rebuilding.
Insurance Company Requirements
Insurance companies have a vested interest in knowing the percentage of earthquake strength each building has against the National Building Standard (%NBS). Many insurance companies are asking for this information as a course of insuring a building, allowing them to better assess their risk. Higher premiums will likely need to be paid by those who do not know this percentage or have a low %NBS.
Your Building Investment Needs to Work For You
To be viable each building must generate income to cover costs involved. And any costs associated with maintenance and repair must be economic and deliver a future return. We know and understand that buildings are your biggest asset and that leases are your income.
Be confident that you’re getting a solution which is both cost effective and robust with Structural Concepts. Get a Structural Engineering Team who can deliver on both cost effectiveness and a robust, strengthening design so that your building and source of income will stand up to earthquakes and New Zealand Building Codes.
Trusted Structural Engineers for Seismic Structural Design & Assessment
Know you’re in good hands with those who have the ability and expertise to be both conventional and innovative with Earthquake Assessment and Structural Design to strengthening buildings. Our team are skilled in the area of seismic assessment, design and strengthening.
Earthquake Strengthening & Seismic Structural Design
- Cave Rock, Landmark, Christchurch
- Ballantynes Memorial, Christchurch
- Napier Post Office Building, Napier
- Palmerston North Airport, Palmerston North
- Curators House, Christchurch Botanical Gardens (Heritage Building)
- Sign of the Takahe, Christchurch (Heritage Building)
- Dunvegan House, Napier
- River Oak Mews Building, Gisborne
- 101-104 The Square, Palmerston North
- 50 Childers Road, Gisborne (Heritage Building)
- Ohoka Homestead, Christchurch (Heritage Building)
“I can’t express enough how relieved we are to finally have technical evidence to support what we knew and couldn’t prove to EQC. They wouldn’t listen and set about repairing our broken home, leaving it broken. We have had 5 years of frustration with EQC and although our home is a humble home, we knew the foundations were in trouble but didn’t have the voice to prove it, despite supplying our own Engineers report from another company which they dismissed.
We are eternally grateful for the expertise of your Structural Engineering Team. It’s a life changer.”R Toone