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‘Earthquake prone’ buildings fall in value – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on November 11th, 2015.

Placing an official  ‘earthquake prone’ sticker on a commercial building lowers its value. However, buildings which are equally earthquake prone, but not yet officially declared to be, don’t suffer the same drop in sale price, according to new new research. The findings come from a new study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research and […]

Expert Q&A: Engineers on the Canterbury earthquakes and building earthquake-resilient cities

Peter Griffin posted in on February 17th, 2012.

Almost a year on from the devastating February 22, 2011 Canterbury earthquake, the Science Media Centre put a series of questions to structural engineers on the implications for how buildings are designed, constructed and earthquake-proofed in New Zealand. The engineers include John Hare, president of the Structural Engineering Society, Win Clark, executive officer at the […]

Building design in wake of Canterbury quakes

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 29th, 2011.

What does earthquake damage to buildings and structures during the Christchurch earthquakes mean for building design in the future? A new information paper launched today brings together the science and engineering expertise of several organisations — the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ), the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), the Structural Engineering Society […]

Earthquakes: What can Australia Learn from NZ?

John Kerr posted in on May 17th, 2011.

The Christchurch February 22 earthquake has awakened New Zealand to the importance of earthquake prepared buildings, but will Australia learn from our experience? Jason Ingham, Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at University of Auckland, writes his plea for awareness across the ditch in an article for the Australian science website The Conversation. An excerpt (read […]

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