Earthquake Prone Building Threshold should remain static
24 January 2013
Prone Building Threshold should remain at Current Level
The Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce has
welcomed the view of risk management expert Tony Taig that
lifting the earthquake prone building threshold from 33% to
67% is of questionable benefit.
“The requirement to
strengthen earthquake prone buildings is going to impose a
huge cost on businesses over coming years and it is
important that the required standards are supported by sound
science,” said Chief Executive Raewyn Bleakley.
“Mr Taig’s report to the government says that we
should focus on bringing all vulnerable buildings up to the
33% threshold rather than raising the threshold. We agree
that should be the priority.
“The issue of
earthquake strengthening and higher insurance costs that
have arisen following the Canterbury earthquakes are a major
issue for businesses throughout New Zealand particularly in
areas such as Wellington.
“Christchurch has taught
us that we need to be prepared for the big one and saving
lives must be the priority but at the same time common sense
needs to prevail.
“We look forward to scrutinising
the report more closely and making submissions on the
government’s proposals,” Ms Bleakley concluded.
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