Insurance Council lashes out against non-structural damage

23 November 2016, stuff.co.nz

The Insurance Council has laid the blame for at least some of the quake damage to commercial buildings last week on shoddily installed or monitored "non-structural" parts of the building.

Seismic restraints are meant to be applied facilities like air conditioning, fire sprinklers, telecommunications, electricity systems, lighting and ceiling support systems, which if they fall can cause injury or major damage.

The Insurance Council says that following the Canterbury earthquakes last Monday, a significant amount of the commercial property damage was due to the failure of these non-structural seismic restraints. 

"We believe many buildings have had these systems installed and do not comply with New Zealand standard guidelines set for their installation," chief executive Tim Grafton said.

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