Part A – Assessment Objectives and Principles

The Seismic Assessment of Existing Buildings (the Guidelines) provides a technical basis for engineers to carry out seismic assessments of existing buildings within New Zealand.

Part A of the Guidelines (download) outlines the scope and application, and provides a general overview of the seismic assessment process.  It describes the linkage with the relevant requirements of the Building Act, associated regulations and the EPB methodology. The Assessment Summary Report must be included at the front of all engineering assessments for earthquake-prone building purposes.

Part A also provides a brief overview and outline of the key principles of reducing the seismic risk of buildings – designing seismic ‘improvement’. More specific guidance and examples will be published here as both draft and complete solutions are developed.

This web site has a searchable Knowledge Base with answers to questions about the Guidelines. Use the Knowledge Base Category links to the right to view these.

If you have a question about Part A, please check the Knowledge Base articles for Part A. If it is not addressed there, please refer to Writing Questions so your question can be efficiently addressed when you submit it using the form below. Use the article links in the Knowledge Base section to the right for questions on Part B or Part C.

Version Control

Download Link Version Size Issued
Initial release (Current) 1 2 MB July 2017
Consultation Draft 2016_C 1 MB 10 October 2016
Sector Briefing Draft 2016_SB 1 MB 3 June 2016