Assessing seismic performance of non-residential and multi-unit residential buildings - engineers


Seismic performance guidance[PDF 419 KB]

Responsibilities of owners and engineers in the decision-making process on a dangerous building.

About this document

  • Published on 1 June 2012
  • Of interest to Building owners, Engineers
  • 1st edition


Engineers can use this guidance to help them advise building owners making decisions about the continued use of their Canterbury buildings. 

It should help ensure there is:

  • consistency in the advice being given to owners
  • clarity about the responsibilities of owners and engineers in the decision-making process 
  • clarity about how to apply the modified definition of dangerous building under the Building Act 2004 (Building Act), as modified by the Canterbury Earthquake (Building Act) Order 2011.


  1. Introduction
  2. Purpose
  3. Key points to note
  4. Requirements of the Building Act 2004
  5. Engineering evaluations of building
  6. Unreinforced Masonry Buildings (URMs)
  7. What should be considered when deciding how to use a building? 
  8. Responsibility for the decision-making process

Appendix: Building evaluation methologies

Flow chart: Building evaluation and use 

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: