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Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission Te Komihana Rūwhenua o Waitaha Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission – Te Komihana Rūwhenua o Waitaha

Those who lost relatives and friends in the 22 February earthquake can be assured that there will be a very thorough inquiry into the failure of buildings that resulted in loss of life.
Chair, Justice Mark Cooper
 

Final Report - Part Two (Volume 4)

Part Two of the final report, consists of one volume (Volume 4) and contains recommendations about earthquake-prone buildings. It was delivered to the Governor-General on 10 October 2012 and released by the Government on 7 December 2012.

Cover image of Volume 4 Earthquake-Prone Buildings

Part two consists of one volume - Volume 4: Earthquake-prone buildings (download documents below).

Section 1: Summary and Recommendations - Volume 4

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Download the Summary and Recommendations - Volume 4 (WORD version) 9 pages, 72kb

Volume 4: Earthquake-prone buildings (complete document)

Download a PDF version of the whole document or follow the links below for .docx versions of Volume Four, by section.

Download a PDF version of Volume 4 - complete document (4.7 MB)

Volume 4 - Word (.docx) versions

  • Contents, letter of transmittal, introduction, Sections: 1, 2 and 3 (.docx) 683K
    Letter of transmittal
    Introduction
    Section 1: Summary and recommendations – Volume 4
    1.1 Free-standing masonry walls
    1.2 Assessing existing buildings
    1.3 Improving existing buildings
    1.4 Earthquake-prone buildings policy and legislation
    1.5 Adjacent and adjoining buildings
    1.6 Buildings divided into separately owned parts
    1.7 Altering an existing building
    1.8 Inclusion of residential buildings
    1.9 Impediments to the rebuild, repair or demolition of dangerous buildings – the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Historic Places Act 1993
    1.10 Knowledge, information and education
    Section 2: Design standards and legislative history
    2.1 The evolution of seismic design standards in New Zealand
    2.2 Overview of the development of the regulatory framework for dangerous and earthquake-prone buildings
    Section 3: Building types in the Christchurch Central Business District

 

  • Section 4: Individual unreinforced masonry buildings that caused fatalities (.docx) 4.1MB
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 The CCC’s earthquake-prone buildings policies
    4.3 Building fatalities
    4.4 39 Bishop Street, St Albans
    4.5 89, 91 and 93 Cashel Street
    4.6 32 Cathedral Square
    4.7 90 Coleridge Street
    4.8 382 Colombo Street
    4.9 593 Colombo Street
    4.10 595 and 595A Colombo Street
    4.11 601 and 601A Colombo Street
    4.12 603 and 605–613 Colombo Street
    4.13 617–625 Colombo Street
    4.14 738 Colombo Street
    4.15 753–759 Colombo Street
    4.16 309 Durham Street North
    4.17 194 Gloucester Street
    4.18 194 Hereford Street
    4.19 246 High Street
    4.20 43 Lichfield Street
    4.21 116 Lichfield Street
    4.22 200–204 Manchester Street
    4.23 265–271 Manchester Street
    4.24 7 Riccarton Road
    4.25 391 and 391A Worcester Street

 

 

  • Section 6 and Section 7 (.docx) 336KB
    Section 6: Assessing and improving the seismic performance of existing buildings
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Assessing the potential seismic performance of buildings
    6.3 Techniques for and costs of retrofitting unreinforced masonry buildings
    6.4 Improving non-URM buildings
    6.5 Conclusions and recommendations – assessing and improving buildings
    Section 7: Earthquake-prone buildings policy and legislation
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Policies about earthquake-prone buildings
    7.3 The earthquake-prone threshold
    7.4 Conclusions and recommendations
    7.5 Drafting issues with the current legislation
    7.6 Addressing the cost of strengthening existing buildings
    7.7 Impediments to the rebuild, repair or demolition of dangerous buildings – the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Historic Places Act 1993
    7.8 Knowledge

 

  • Appendices (.docx) 193KB
    Appendix 1: Seismic retrofit case studies
    Appendix 2: Terms of Reference
    Appendix 3: Expert advisers
    Appendix 4: Submitters and witnesses