The Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission has today released the first part (volumes 1-3) of its Final Report.  The Commission is mandated to consider the performance of buildings in the Canterbury earthquake, and the adequacy of current legal and best practice requirements for design, construction and maintenance of buildings given the known earthquake risk in New Zealand's CBDs.

The first three volumes of the Report make findings and recommendations on a range of matters, including:

  • technical engineering issues (including seismicity);
  • changes to concrete structures;
  • structural steel and earthquake actions standards;
  • guidance and training for structural engineers; and
  • low-damage building technologies. 

The Report's recommendations generally align with recommendations already made by other technical investigations and the Expert Panel that reviewed the collapse of buildings following the February earthquake.  Accordingly, some of the recommendations have already been implemented and others are part of a three-year work programme within the MBIE.

The full Report so far can be accessed here.  Further volumes are expected from the Commission by 12 November 2012.