Earthquake Prone Buildings
If an EPB notice is issued and your local government advises you that your building may be earthquake-prone, you must:
- Take swift action. By providing an engineering assessment within 12 months or submitting other information to the council, you can show that you’re taking the issue seriously. If you believe your building has been wrongly identified, you can apply for an extension of up to 12 months.
- Carry out essential seismic work to make it earthquake-resistant. The timeframe for completing the work will depend on the location and rating of your building, which can be high, medium, or low. The earthquake-prone buildings will need to be assessed by engineers and other building
How We Can Help
When dealing with earthquake-prone buildings, it’s crucial to be aware of the presence of asbestos-containing materials, as it can affect any demolition or remodelling work. This is why an asbestos survey is frequently required as part of the assessment carried out by engineers and other building experts.
Our team of asbestos professionals at Thomas Consultants is equipped to handle any asbestos-related concerns in earthquake-prone buildings, ensuring that all necessary steps are taken to mitigate any risks to the health and safety of occupants and workers. We use the latest techniques and technologies to conduct thorough surveys, and provide detailed reports outlining any asbestos-containing materials present in the building. With our expertise, you can rest assured that your earthquake-prone building is in safe hands.
Heritage Buildings/Taonga Tuku Iho
Preserving heritage structures is a matter of pride for many communities, as these structures are a testament to their rich history and cultural identity. However, any restoration or renovation work on these structures requires special attention and care to ensure that their historical significance is preserved while also complying with modern safety regulations.
Before any work can begin, it is crucial to have an asbestos professional conduct a thorough inspection and testing of the structure. Asbestos-containing materials were commonly used in building construction prior to the 1990s, and if present, can pose a significant health risk to workers and occupants if not properly handled.
Looking to undertake some construction work on a site listed as a heritage site? It’s important to note that you may require a resource consent in order to do so. This applies to a wide range of works, including modifications, additions, alterations, demolition, relocation, and the construction of new buildings on the site. Even relatively minor works such as signage and earthworks may require a resource consent.
Our team of experts is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and experience in navigating the complexities of the Resource Management Act (RMA) and the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act, ensuring that our customers receive a seamless and stress-free experience. With our creative and innovative techniques, we conduct thorough investigations to identify any potential hazards, including asbestos, and provide the necessary solutions to ensure the safe and effective renovation or partial destruction of the heritage structure. We work closely with our clients to develop a customised risk management plan that prioritises both preservation and safety.
How We Can Help
As a proud New Zealand company, Thomas Consultants understands the importance of preserving our country’s rich cultural heritage. That’s why we are well-versed in the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 and its guidelines on historic sites and heritage structures. We work closely with our clients to ensure that their projects comply with the Act’s regulations and requirements, while also preserving the integrity and character of the structure. Our team of experts has extensive knowledge and experience in navigating the Resource Management Act (RMA) to provide our clients with practical solutions that meet their needs and comply with legal requirements. Let us help you bring your vision for a historic structure to life while ensuring its protection for generations to come.