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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Guidance on house repairs and reconstruction

The Department of Building and Housing has issued a new document providing guidance on building repair and construction specifically for properties damaged in the Canterbury earthquake.
A few key points:
  • the document contains guidance on technical aspects associated with repair and reconstruction
  • one of its purposes is to achieve consistency in the technical approach of the parties involved (designers, insurers, councils)
  • it is aimed at work in areas with little or no ground damage
  • at this stage they are interim guidelines (changes are likely in the first quarter of 2011 as more information becomes available, especially in areas affected by liquifaction)
  • no changes have been made to the NZ Building Code
The guidelines can be downloaded from here.

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