Red Book or Yellow Chapter for concrete buildings – what you need to know

Posted: 31 July 2019

The proposed revision to section C5, known around the sector as the ‘Yellow Chapter’, was developed by experts from New Zealand engineering technical societies in partnership with MBIE.

It reflects what engineers learned from the investigation into the partial collapse of Statistics House following the Kaikōura earthquake.

A short video and fact sheet explaining the proposed technical revision to Section C5 of the Engineering Assessment Guidelines are available on the Building Performance website.

MBIE has received a number of queries from the sector asking if, and when, the Yellow Chapter should be used when assessing buildings. We encourage you to watch the video and read the fact sheet to better understand this, and other questions, surrounding the proposed revision.

View the video

Read the fact sheet.

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