Resilient building project

Evaluating societal expectations for future seismic building performance in New Zealand
Minimising the likelihood of death and injury is a fundamental imperative for current building design standards. However, there may be other performance outcomes that could be included, for example, the ability to shelter in place in multi-storey residential buildings after a significant earthquake; or reducing building waste by building repairable buildings.

In this project we will take a fresh look at the underpinning assumptions of NZ’s seismic performance objectives.  Through interviews and focus groups, we will use a wellbeing / multi-capital framework to explore societal expectations of building performance during and after a seismic event.

The insights arising from this study will contribute to debate about desired levels of resilience to the impacts of earthquakes, and the design approaches and options available to achieve desired performance.

Possible performance outcomes
Project goals
  • To ascertain whether there is a social license to redefine statutory seismic performance objectives for buildings.
  • To develop a clear and shared language of desired seismic performance objectives for buildings.
  • To understand the full range of societal risk perception and how performance objectives shift relative to building and geographical context.
  • To understand the perceived importance of seismic resilience relative to other demands on the built environment.
Project team
  • Charlotte Brown, Resilient Organisations Ltd
  • Helen Ferner, NZSEE
  • Hugh Cowan
  • Shannon Abeling, University of Auckland
  • David Fox, Resilient Organisations Ltd

This project has been funded by NZSEE and EQC.


For more information please contact:

Charlotte Brown
+64 (0)21 142 5420
[email protected]

Scroll to Top