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Saturday, June 9, 2012

EQC - More changes to the TC3 FAQ

Within the last day or two EQC made further changes to their TC3 land FAQ (here).

Removed

The diagram of the land claim process for TC3 has been removed.

The section How long will EQC take to complete geotechnical engineering work on TC3 properties? has been removed.

Changed

The first paragraph of the section Remediating your land has been changed from
It’s important to note that EQC cover for land damage is not designed to remediate underlying geotechnical problems with the land in question. For property in TC3, the settlement will not change the category of your property, or reduce the future risk of liquefaction.
to
For property in TC3, it’s important to note that your EQC settlement for land damage will not necessarily remediate problems with the land that existed before the earthquakes in 2010/11. EQC cover for land damage is not designed to change the technical category of your property or reduce the future risk of liquefaction.
The change from "underlying geotechnical problems" to "problems with the land that existed before the earthquakes in 2010/11" could be a softening up prior to declaring some problems as being pre-existing and therefore excluded from EQC coverage. It is a pity EQC makes these changes by stealth and provides no explanation of what they mean.
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Preparedness - being ready for a Zombie apocalypse

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published information on how to prepare for a zombie attack.

Somewhat tongue in cheek the CDC decided to use the concept of preparing for a Zombie attack as a means of widening the range of it's disaster preparedness messages. Apparently it worked.

Those who are suitably prepared for a zombie apocalypse "... will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack." The information required to do this is available here, and may be a useful way of engaging the minds of those who might otherwise not bother.
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Friday, June 8, 2012

E-Can to allow new woodburners in rebuilt houses?

According to an article on the Press website today (here) E-Can may soon allow low emission woodburners in new houses.

This makes sense as the latest woodburners have very low emissions, and are the only electricity independent heating device to use a renewable fuel. Woodburners are carbon neutral, all they do is recycle carbon into the atmosphere. The added advantages are they work when there is no electricity, and you can buy fuel and stockpile it.

The Press is interested in hearing from anyone who wants a woodburner in their new home. Contact details are in the article. 
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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Getting help to keep warm - CEA

The last couple of days have been pretty tough for those with homes that let in the weather, or don’t have adequate heating to take away the cold. CEA have been mentioned before on this blog and, if you haven’t checked them out before, you might want to do so now.

CEA (Community Energy Action) is a charitable trust in Christchurch which aims to keep people warm in their homes regardless of their income. They can do this by putting in insulation and heating for all people, and with extra grants up to 100% for low income households.

CEA also run a free energy advice service and a curtain bank which provides free recycled curtains to the community.

They have a web page here with useful information on everything to do with keeping warm and earthquakes. The page covering subsidies is here.

You can also phone them:

Main number for insulation and heating:

    Community Energy Action reception: (03) 374-7222
    Free phone: 0800 GET WARM (0800 438-9276)

Other phone numbers:

    Energy Advice Service (questions on home energy use): 0800 388-588
    Curtain Bank: 379-6959

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Earthquake Engineering Bulletins NZSEE

The New Zealand S0ciety of Earthquake Engineers (NZSEE) have made available to the public copies of their Bulletins 43/4 for Dec 2010 (Darfield earthquake) and 44/4  for Dec 2011 (Lyttelton earthquake).

NZSEE is providing free access to download individual papers from these two Special Edition Bulletins (Financial support to publish the Bulletins has been provided by EQC):

http://www.nzsee.org.nz/bulletin_index/43_4.htm     

and

 http://www.nzsee.org.nz/bulletin_index/44_4.htm

Their website is here.

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Snowing again

Its snowing again and much of life has come to a halt. No buses, no schools, university, polytech, libraries, council meetings and the like.

A few snow photographs for those who follow the blog, and are out of town (about 25% are outside NZ and an unknown percentage outside Christchurch). The top photograph is Cowlishaw Street looking towards Patten Street. The second is Cowlishaw Street towards the river. The third is Gail at Blog central.
 Cowlishaw Street towards Patten Street
Cowlishaw Street towards the river
Gail at Blog Central

Monday, June 4, 2012

Earthquake Case Studies–Insurance and Savings Ombudsman

 The Insurance and Savings Ombudsman (ISO) has posted earthquake case studies on their website here.
In each case there was a dispute between the insured and the insurer which was referred to the ISO for investigation and a ruling.
The issues covered are
  • Loss of Rent
  • Cancellation of Policy
  • Temporary Accommodation
  • Rental Costs
  • Driveway Damage
  • Business Interruption
  • Scope of Cover – Earthquake
  • Floor Area
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