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Foundation repair report to help Christchurch housing

Wednesday, February 12, 2014   Posted in: Earthquake By: Administrator With tags: housing, earthquake recovery

Another challenge facing engineers and building experts is housing foundations, one of the key problems being what to do with the tens of thousands of homes with damaged foundations.

The Government has recently released of a technical report on foundation repair. This report is about sharing engineering and cost information to maintain the quality of repairs and speed up the Christchurch housing recovery.

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith acknowledges the problem is "difficult, expensive and hugely frustrating for homeowners," and has praised the report as "a major step forward in determining what can be fixed, at what cost, and with what method."

This report is encouraging and has usefulness on a global stage by featuring methodologies to make buildings more resilient for the future. For example, they suggest retaining jack points underground so that a building could be jacked up again in the case of further liquefaction.

The report is a collaboration between the Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) and Southern Response, two publically owned entities, who have been encouraged by the government to publish this information. Dr Smith says engineers and builders are having to learn as they go on what repairs are effective, what methods to use and where it is economically viable.

This is great work by HNZC, Southern Response and their technical support partners. As the Minister says, we must now use this information to lift the pace of Christchurch's housing rebuild.