The Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission last week released the second of three parts of its 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.

Part One, released on 23 August, focused on a range of technical engineering issues such as seismicity and structural steel and earthquake actions standards, and provided guidance to structural engineers and low-damage building technologies. Part One of the Report can be accessed here.

Part Two addresses practice and policy issues relating to earthquake-prone buildings. It is currently being considered by Ministers, and is yet to be publicly released. An announcement about the Government's response and the release of the Report can be expected to be made "in due course".

The Government expects to issue a full response to the Commission's complete findings in early 2013.