What do New Zealanders want from their buildings?

Is keeping people safe (life safety) the only thing we require of our buildings following a major earthquake? Our current building code focuses on preserving life and making sure critical emergency response facilities are operational. But participants in our study indicated that while life safety remains the most important focus, having a building stock that can enable social and economic recovery is an increasing priority.

Which buildings do we want to be the most ‘life safe’?

Currently in New Zealand we require buildings with post earthquake functions (like hospitals), and large buildings (like stadiums) to be built stronger than others. But is that in line with current societal expectations? We explored this question with participants in our recent EQC funded, NZSEE Resilient Buildings Project.

New research published on societal expectations for seismic performance of buildings

A research report, ‘Societal expectations for seismic performance of buildings’, has just been released. The report is about what New Zealanders think about buildings’ performance in the event of earthquakes. The research was commissioned by the NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE), funded by EQC, and we carried it with the University of Auckland.

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