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Seismic resilience

Seismic resilience is about constructing new buildings and strengthening those already built to keep occupants safe in an earthquake and to limit damage to the building itself.

Aotearoa New Zealand has been a leader in earthquake design and construction for several decades. BRANZ research and testing in this field has resulted in engineering and design guidance, tools, books and seminars.

The New Zealand Building Code has rigorous seismic performance requirements, even when compared to similarly earthquake-prone nations. As a result, the performance of New Zealand buildings in severe seismic events is among the best in the world.

BRANZ research has played a role in the development of New Zealand codes and standards in this area. Our scientists have also helped in damage assessment after earthquakes and provided evidence-backed guidance for rebuilding and retrofitting.

Resources for designers and builders

BRANZ provides a wide range of free and easy-to-read website resources, fact sheets, bulletins, research reports, seminars, papers and Build articles on seismic resilience.

Learn more about seismic resilience

Access practical industry knowledge informed by the latest BRANZ research in these recorded seminars and eLearning modules.

Updated: 05 April 2024