The 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011 and the many aftershocks have been an enormous test of the performance of buildings. BRANZ Structural engineers provide some initial thoughts on how houses performed.
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Could Christchurch become our first green city? An environmental rating tool developed specifically for the rebuild makes it a possibility.
The Canterbury earthquakes have created a one-off opportunity to improve the local housing stock. A new service to support housing upgrades during earthquake repair is being rolled out across Canterbury.