Earthquake Building Safety Expo

9 April 2013

Wellington home and building owners will have the chance to get free advice from experts at the Earthquake Building Safety Expo later this month.

Cuba Street.

Heritage buildings on Cuba Street

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The expo, at the Town Hall on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April, will be a one-stop-shop for information and advice on earthquake-strengthening your home, business or apartment building.

It will be of interest to homeowners (and anyone thinking about building a new house), commercial building owners or managers, body corporates, private landlords, as well as engineers, builders, architects, valuers and other professionals.

Sponsored by BRANZ and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the expo follows on from the series of earthquake briefings we ran last year with GNS Science about the risks for our region and how we can all be better prepared.

Neville Brown, the Council’s Earthquake Resilience Manager, says people will have the opportunity to speak with experts about the earthquake risk to their home or building, and find out about options for strengthening work.

“Everyone wants to know what can be done cost effectively - whether it’s an apartment block, heritage building or private house with a brick chimney. There is considerable mystique about what can or can’t be done to strengthen different types of buildings and we want to show the full range of options.”

Exhibits will showcase a wide range of products and services for strengthening buildings, including low-cost and innovative solutions, as well as civil defence and being prepared for an emergency.

“The expo is part of our programme to make the city more resilient to withstand a major earthquake - not just for buildings and infrastructure but also about how well prepared we are as households and neighbourhoods,” says Neville.

Saturday’s free seminars include earthquake resilience in new and older houses, modern methods of earthquake-strengthening, conserving heritage values, and issues arising from the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission.

On display will be concept plans for how Cuba Street could look in 2035 developed by students from Victoria University’s School of Architecture.

There will also be a display about the work under way to convert Shed 6 into a temporary conference venue while the Town Hall is closed for earthquake strengthening.

For more information on the expo, see:

Events - Wellington Rocks! Earthquake Building Safety Expo

For information about quakeproofing your home, see:

Earthquake-prone Buildings