The Canterbury earthquakes of 2010/2011 resulted in the deaths of 185 people and damage to tens of thousands of buildings.
The Royal Commission of Inquiry that looked at building failures caused by the earthquakes produced a series of reports that included 189 recommendations.
This bulletin is BRANZ's summary of key recommendations directly affecting engineers, architects and designers. These relate to new construction as well as how to define and treat existing New Zealand buildings that are likely to perform poorly in earthquakes.
Publication date: September 2013 Keywords: Building Code, design, earthquake, foundations, movement, multi-storey, safety