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Monday 20 August, 2018
Earthquake-prone placards will begin appearing in 130 public
and commercial buildings around the Ashburton district at the end of this
month, as part of the Government’s initiative to ensure buildings are managed
for future earthquakes consistently across the country.
Ashburton District Council will send the placards to
building owners from 27 August, who will then be required to display the
placards in a prominent place of the building to help the community be aware of
Council Building Services Manager Michael Wong says residents
should not be alarmed by the placards, as earthquake-prone buildings are not
considered any more dangerous than they were before being identified, and
business can continue as normal.
“This process is about establishing a timeframe for
shoring up buildings in our district to ensure they are as safe as possible
during future earthquakes.
“Of the 130 placards we’ll be sending, some will give
the specific timeframe for strengthening to occur, while the rest will state
that the building owners are required to submit an engineering assessment to
Council within 12 months. If one of these buildings is then deemed to be
earthquake-prone after that assessment, it will be added to the national Earthquake-Prone
Under the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings)
Amendment Act 2016, all territorial authorities must update the public Earthquake-Prone
Buildings register to make sure that the community has access to up-to-date
information on which buildings have been identified as earthquake-prone and
also what their earthquake rating is.
“We’ll also be sending letters with the placards to
help building owners understand this process and what they are required to do,”
Mr Wong adds.
For further information about the Earthquake-prone placards
and the building register, visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website.