Councils get new framework for handling earthquake-prone buildings

A property and build article.

BRANZ have launched a new framework to help councils meet their legal obligations while minimising disruption.

Five years on from the 2016 KaikĊura earthquake, a new decision-making framework is being launched to help councils navigate their legal obligations around managing earthquake-prone council buildings.

The introduction of the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016, alongside the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015, led some territorial authorities to rapidly close council buildings that were below 34% of the new building standard (NBS). This was despite there being no explicit legal requirement to suspend occupancy.

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