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Preparing for natural hazards

By Ian Page 1 April 2016, Build 153, Feature article

BRANZ has done a lot of work on the costs and benefits of mitigating common natural hazards in housing. While some options are cost-effective, others hardly justify the expenditure.

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No more one size fits all

By Karen Shaw 1 August 2016, Build 155

A change to the Building Act means earthquake-prone buildings will be categorised for seismic risk according to their geographic location and the type of building instead of the present blanket approach.

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Data unlocks secrets

By Dael Climo 1 December 2014, Build 145

A university research project is using data from the Canterbury earthquakes to evaluate methods and models that predict expected damage to multi-storey reinforced concrete buildings during earthquakes.

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Suspended ceilings

By Nick Helm 1 June 2015, Build 148, Feature article

A proposed new Code of practice aims to improve the seismic performance of suspended ceilings. This follows the surprisingly poor performance of many non-structural building components in recent earthquakes.

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