New Zealand is very prone to earthquakes, due to its’ location on the edge of a zone of intense seismic activity known as the Ring of Fire. Small earthquakes are recorded on a nearly daily basis, on a belt stretching from Fiordland to East Cape and the Bay of Plenty.
The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 was introduced to identify the way earthquake-prone buildings are managed under the Building Act. It uses knowledge learned from past earthquakes in New Zealand and overseas. The focus in the Building Act is to minimize human injury and improve on people’s safety in the case of earthquakes.
Early on, construction in New Zealand consisted mostly of small residential builds, where earthquake risks were manageable. In the last century however, buildings have grown considerably taller and the quantity of glass has significantly increased in building designs, as people expect light and airy spaces.
Modern new-builds are designed to fill the requirements, but the vast number of buildings that were built before the standards were established, are not earthquake proofed.
Often commercial buildings are built with large expanses of glass that are not safety rated. Requirements to upgrade to earthquake %NBS (percentage of New Building Standards) do not include mandatory requirements to upgrade existing glazing. Glass in most likely one of the first materials to give in, in the case of an earthquake and can cause enormous damage to those in close contact.
We at Glassprotech can help building owners strengthen the glass on their buildings, providing a safer escape path and unobstructed passage from a building, in the case of an earthquake. Our expertise in securing the glass to window frame by a strong bonding system, we can help prevent glass shattering resulting in people injuries
Our experienced nationwide team, works with a wide range of commercial, residential and retail customers, so please contact us to hear more about our services for helping earthquake proof the glass of your building.