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This Month in Seismic: Engineering a Better New Zealand

Quake Protected ‘This Month In Seismic’ series takes a look at the top non-structural seismic restraints and earthquake strengthening news from the month.

Fresh call for a more proactive approach to creating a resilient New Zealand, working beyond the Building Codes.

Mid-month Engineering New Zealand  publishing a new report focusing on seismic resilience and water supply. Titled Engineering a Better New Zealand it is a fresh and vital call for everyone,  engineers, building and infrastructure owners, councils, government - and you - to work toward a more prosperous, resilient New Zealand.

It urges building owners and engineers to go beyond the minimum requirements of the Building Codes, to not simply plan to survive an earthquake but consider how they might prosper afterwards.
Recommendations including moving away from the one-size-fits-all approach that is already causing distress in areas of the country (see below), clearly defining responsibilities and applying a fresh look at incentives and regulations.

Read the full report

​Legislation is destroying towns not earthquakes, say local councillors

Local North Island Councillors met with Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa and warned that the future of rural town centres are at risk because they are being crippled by the earthquake-strengthening regulations introduced last year.

“You’d see a decimation literally of our rural towns throughout New Zealand,” Rangitikei District Mayor Andy Watson told 1 NEWS. 

The councillors called for the Government to introduce financial incentives for owners carrying out earthquake strengthening, to lengthen time frames and change certain criteria that triggers strengthening work to be carried out on entire buildings.

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Quake Protected are Specialist Installers of Non-Structural Seismic Restraint

Quake Protected installs non-structural seismic restraints in work environments so that potential falling hazards,  like suspended ceilings, lighting racks, partition walls, computers and specialist equipment, stay in place during an earthquake.

These cost-saving solutions save people from harm, protect vital equipment and minimise the time it takes for you to get back to business.

Contact the Quake Protected team today by email or call 0800 537 369.

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Every month we create a digest of New Zealand's seismic news so you can keep up-to-date on all things seismic and make knowledgeable, cost-effective decisions on managing your earthquake risks. 

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