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BC Update 208: Improved seismic performance of parapets and facades

Posted: 25 January 2017

BC Update
The Minister for Building and Construction, the Hon Dr Nick Smith, announced today that the government is proposing that owners of certain unreinforced masonry buildings be required to secure street-facing parapets and facades.

The focus will be on unreinforced masonry buildings in four areas with a heightened risk of earthquakes, Wellington City, Lower Hutt, Marlborough and Hurunui, on routes that have high pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Funding will be available to support building owners in areas of heightened seismic risk to meet the requirements.

An Order in Council will be proposed under the Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Recovery Act 2016, to modify the Building Act 2004 in relation to these buildings.

Read the Minister’s announcement on the Parliament website.

Further information is available on the MBIE Corporate website.

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