Assessment, repair and rebuild of earthquake-affected industrial buildings in Canterbury


Industrial rebuild guidance[PDF 1.4 MB]

Technical and regulatory guidance for the assessment, repair and rebuild of industrial buildings in Canterbury.

Industrial rebuild guidance (replacement pages only)[PDF 380 KB]

If you have already printed the guidance you can update it by replacing the affected pages.

About these documents

  • Published on 1 December 2014
  • Of interest to Territorial Authority, Building consent authorities, Geotechnical engineers, Structural engineers
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-43348-7 (Print) / 978-0-478-43347-0 (Online)
  • 1st edition


You will find technical and regulatory guidance for the assessment, repair and rebuild of industrial buildings affected by the Canterbury earthquake sequence. 

The document includes guidance on the appropriate criteria for the continued use of buildings, particularly those on land prone to liquefaction. Building owners, occupiers and advisors will find it useful for navigating the technical issues within the regulatory context.

It aims to address perceived regulatory barriers in undertaking repairs to industrial buildings and provides robust and pragmatic solutions developed using the collective expertise of MBIE’s Engineering Advisory Group (Commercial), with input from a wider group of practitioners, from owners to advisors. 

By describing a process that is transparent and readily communicated, the guidance should help informed decision making. 

The general philosophies and approaches in this guidance may be applied to a wider range of non-residential/low rise buildings. 


  1. Introduction
  2. Performance xpectations
  3. Assessment
  4. Repairs
  5. Rebuilds in liquefaction- prone areas 

Appendix A: Building vulnerabilities

Appendix B: Tolerable impacts for reduced amenity

Appendix C: Low-rise panel structures

Appendix D: Definitions

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: