Recently, councils have been required to develop policies to deal with earthquake-prone buildings. The earthquake in Gisborne last year was a good opportunity to see how valid the approach taken has proved to be.
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How did residential houses (mainly single-storey and 2-storey houses) perform in the magnitude 7.1 Darfield earthquake on 4 September 2010? Here are some observations from those on the ground in the early days after the major earthquake.
Double glazing will soon become common in newly built New Zealand homes. There are a variety of systems and installation methods to be aware of with differing thermal performance and durability.
A recent study looked at what was required to future-proof current pensioner housing in Napier. Insulation, efficient heating and accessibility were found to be key concerns.
Would we be prepared if the ‘big one’ struck? An earthquake simulation exercise in Wellington revealed that a lot of work is still required.