Deadly building owners to be named

Last updated 05:00 10/12/2013

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The Government is threatening to name and shame owners who have taken no action after a nationwide review of potentially deadly buildings.

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson said 14 building owners who had committed to getting an engineering assessment had not followed through with booking an engineer.

"If this situation does not change in the next few months I will consider naming these buildings, which are all around the country," he said.

"It’s time for these 14 building owners to step up and do the right thing, as the review is being done for reasons of public safety."

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is reviewing buildings with non-ductile columns due to fears some could have the same design flaws as the Christchurch CTV building which collapsed in the February 2011 earthquake, killing 115 people.

"In total, 176 buildings have now been cleared and another 59 excluded," Williamson said.

In all 342 buildings are under review, with 91 buildings still scheduled for engineering assessments.

Williamson said just because a building had non-ductile columns did not mean it was unsafe.

"If such buildings are balanced out by other design features they pose no greater danger than other buildings.  The fact so many buildings have been cleared by the review illustrates this.

"The CTV building failed catastrophically due to many more issues than just non-ductile columns, including a flawed design."


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