Revised EQP Policy
Ashburton District Council adopted its revised Dangerous, Earthquake Prone & Insanitary Building Policy on 17 May 2012. The Building Act 2004 requires that Territorial Authorities review the policy every five years.
Changes to the Policy
· clear triggers for identifying buildings requiring assessment
· a more proactive approach with a desktop assessment
· increased strengthening requirements
· addition of post disaster functions
· changes to the timeframes for strengthening works
Key Factors of a desktop assessment
· Buildings constructed prior to 1976 that;
· Have no records of any structural upgrades
· Have had structural upgrades but no evaluation provided
· Are identified as Level 3 or 4 buildings in NZS1170 Part 5
When will the Council ask for an assessment of a building?
Building owners will be asked to provide an assessment for their buildings when there is a:
· Building Consent application
· Change of Use
When an assessment is required it should be carried out by suitably qualified professional such as a Chartered Professional Engineer with expertise in Earthquake Engineering.
Your engineer will carry out an initial assessment using NZSEE’s Initial Evaluation Procedure, or an equivalent method. This will tell you to what percentage of New Building Standard your building complies with.
Frequently Asked Questions