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MBIE softens its stance on what makes a building earthquake-prone

MBIE's commitment to the new building standard (NBS) yardstick may no longer be so hard and fast. With special audio feature.

Jenny Ruth
Wed, 20 Jan 2016

The Ministry of Business appears to be softening its commitment to using the new building standard (NBS) test for evaluating whether buildings are earthquake-prone.

Previously, the yardstick of 34% NBS was to have been the point below which any building was deemed earthquake-prone.

That’s despite

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Jenny Ruth
Wed, 20 Jan 2016
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