133AD Meaning of low, medium, and high seismic risk

(1)

For the purposes of this Act, the area in which a building is located has—

(a)

a low seismic risk if the area has a Z factor that is less than 0.15; and

(b)

a medium seismic risk if the area has a Z factor that is greater than or equal to 0.15 and less than 0.3; and

(c)

a high seismic risk if the area has a Z factor that is greater than or equal to 0.3.

(2)

For the purpose of subsection (1), the Z factor of an area is the seismic hazard factor that would be used to design a new building on a site in that area in accordance with the following, as they relate to calculating Z factors and as they apply on the day on which this section comes into force:

(a)

the building code; and

(b)

verification methods; and

(c)

standards incorporated by reference into the building code or a verification method.

(3)

The seismic risk of an area affects—

(a)

the time frame within which a territorial authority must—

(i)

apply the EPB methodology to identify buildings or parts of buildings in the area that are potentially earthquake prone (see section 133AG); and

(ii)

report to the chief executive on its progress towards that objective; and

(b)

the deadline for completing seismic work on a building or a part of a building in the area, if it is subject to an EPB notice (see section 133AM).

Section 133AD: inserted, on 1 July 2017, by section 24 of the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 (2016 No 22).