Above-floor work – Canterbury builder guide


above floor work

Guide for Canterbury builders above–floor work[PDF 2.1 MB]

The regulatory requirements for builders, and special issues for working in the Canterbury Green Zone

About this document

  • Published on 1 April 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-39940-0 (Print) / 978-0-478-39941-7 (Online)
  • 1st edition


This guide sets the scene for building in Canterbury’s green zone and gives an overview of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of above-floor work. 

Both this booklet and the companion Below-floor work booklet provide an introduction to the more detailed Repairing and rebuilding houses affected by the Canterbury earthquakes guidance. 

The Above-floor work guide covers the repair and replacement of structural framing, bracing, chimneys and fireplaces, and retaining walls for buildings in the Canterbury green zone.

This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: