Earthquake risk buildings

Lessons from experience

  • D. C. Hopkins Kingston Reynolds Thorn and Allardice Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand
  • T. W. Robertson Kingston Reynolds Thorn and Allardice Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand


The seismic provisions of the New Zealand Loadings Code are regarded as providing an acceptably low risk to life and property. However, the majority of existing buildings do not meet these requirements, some to a disturbing degree.
 The paper describes a selection of buildings both pre- and post- 1935 which were assessed by the authors' firm for earthquake risk. On the basis of this experience recommendations are made for the expansion and rationalisation of the present guidelines for assessment and structural upgrading of existing buildings.


Classification of High Earthquake Risk Buildings Draft Code of Practice, 2 March 1972 - NZNSEE Bulletin Vol. 5 No. 2

New Lives for Old Buildings Proceedings of A National Symposium Wellington 14 - 16 April 1980

Earthquake Risk Buildings J.S. Roberts - NZ Engineering March 1973

O.A. Glogau, Evaluation of Seismic Performance of Post-1935 Buildings MWD Draft Amendment to PW 81/10/1 1976

How to Cite
Hopkins, D. C., & Robertson, T. W. (1981). Earthquake risk buildings. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 14(2), 54-62.