The reality is that is costs $$$ to assess and strengthen a building of this risk orifice gives little immediate return for the landlord and thus the reluctance by building owners to submit. It is also a bit of law no Council likes to enforce especially in a local government election year and on top of a recession with buildings being partially tenanted anyway.
And yes there is a tension between the purposes behind the Building Act and the Historic Places Trust Act. But maybe building tenants and employers and leases deserve to be informed of the roulette wheel they occupy and decide whether they still wish to occupy or not.
I was once a naïve member of the public, taking the buildings I lived and worked in for granted. But after 16years teaching the Building Act and being alongside building inspectors and professionals such as earthquake and fire engineers I think its time the country knew what nasty secrets lie in the built environment we occupy. Its not just leaky building NZ Inc needs to do something about!
And my last comment to you Ben is, I just hope you are not IN Cuba Mall or in one of the Historic buildings you are so fond of when the big one hits Wellington! Maybe your loved ones would rather you survived to tell the tale and that the building you were in was still standing.
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