Focus on the Land
Gisborne building is similar ‘genre’ to quake-destroyed CTV
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
ONE Gisborne building has been earmarked for “possible” further assessment after being identified as having a similar engineering “genre” to the CTV building.
Volumes five to seven of the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Canterbury quakes were released on Monday.
Housing Minister Maurice Williamson said the identities of the “non-ductile” buildings would not be released.
However, a new building code covering their construction, which was due out before Christmas, is now scheduled for release early in the new year.
Gisborne District Council building services manager Ian Petty confirmed one of the two Gisborne buildings three-storeys or higher constructed between that period had been flagged as needing further assessment.
“They may have to do extra work on that building but it is only a possibility at this point which is why it is unfair on the owner to release the name of the building,” he said.
Mr Petty confirmed the two buildings submitted to the Department of Building and Housing for this inquiry had originally passed the assessment.
Only about two weeks ago the department had come back to him to say one of the buildings “might possibly” need to be reassessed for non-ductile columns in its structure, he said.
Three hundred and seventy nine buildings constructed between 1985 and 1992, out of a total of 15,000 to 25,000 buildings thought to be risk-prone in New Zealand, were identified in this same “genre” as the CTV building.
The CTV building claimed 115 of the 183 lives lost when it collapsed during the Christchurch earthquake in February of 2011.
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