Quake ratings urged for buildings

Last updated 08:51 28/09/2012

Relevant offers

Christchurch Earthquake 2011

'Special little symbols of hope' Hands grasped on holy ground Christchurch: A tale of two cities Inspections rise after demolitions spark safety fears Life in the rebuild's waiting room Pool repairs could cost city $6m Royals to meet quake victims' families Saving a sense of history Quake legislation not enough, says Council Cera requests Cathedral rebuild cost

People entering buildings in Christchurch could soon know at a glance its seismic strength.

Christchurch City councillors have instructed council staff to investigate options for a publicly displayed rating system for buildings based on how they shape up against the current Building Code.

Cr Aaron Keown is driving the initiative, which he says will give people greater confidence in the buildings they are using because they will be able to see, at a glance, how old it is and what sort of condition it is in.

"We do it for food; now it is time to do it for buildings,'' Keown told councillors at their meeting this week.

Such rating systems were used in some countries overseas but Christchurch had the opportunity to develop its own world-class system.

Cr Barry Corbett said a publicly displaying rating system for buildings was a good idea.

"We have safety thinks on cars; we don't have them on buildings. We have energy-wise stickers on fridges; we don't have them on buildings,'' Corbett pointed out.

Cr Tim Carter said Japan used a seismic rating system for its buildings and it made perfect sense for Christchurch to do the same.

Ad Feedback

- © Fairfax NZ News

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

How would you rate your quality of life?

Extremely good

Good

Average

Poor

Terrible

Vote Result

Related story: Quake stress creates the 'new vulnerable'

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content