Christchurch’s earthquakes demonstrated just how exposed New Zealand’s buildings are to natural disasters. These events illustrated a clear need for Seismic Retrofitting of our buildings.
So what is Seismic Retrofitting? It’s the process of reinforcing existing structures to make them resistant to seismic activity (earthquakes). By undergoing this process you are also protecting your building against major damage caused tropical cyclones, tornadoes and severe winds from thunderstorms.
So how do you find out if your building is earthquake prone or exposed to other natural disasters? The first step is to engage the services of a chartered professional engineer, who will undertake seismic assessments of your building. We can put you in touch with suitable engineers if needed.
If your building is assessed as being earthquake-prone, you are legally obliged to remedy the situation at your own expense. Costs vary and are assessed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the engineer’s evaluation of your building. You’ll also require a building consent before any work commences.
Ohlson & Whitelaw recently completed a seismic upgrade of the BNZ building in Whitianga, so you can trust us to look after your building too.
Ultimately, building reinforcement is about protecting lives, which is important to us.
Prior to your building’s structure being strengthened, you can do other things to ensure the inside is safe too. EQC’s message is: Fix. Fasten. Don’t Forget. You can download their guide from this page.
Contact us with any questions about seismic upgrades.