11 Oct 2017

Heritage EQUIP newsletter - October 2017

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Welcome to Heritage EQUIP News – providing advice, industry updates and information on access to funding for heritage building owners.

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New website provides advice on earthquake strengthening

Whether you’re trying to find the right engineer, looking for sources of funding, or don’t know where to start with your planning – the Heritage EQUIP website provides information, tips and advice.

Take a look at the new Heritage EQUIP website

Successful funding applicants announced

Successful projects from the latest round of Heritage EQUIP funding have been announced - including buildings from Auckland, Napier, Nelson and Christchurch.

The projects included a Nelson building, home to the iconic Lambretta’s Café, which was awarded $94,700 towards securing parapets and strengthening upper floor columns. Read the case study

The Pumphouse in Christchurch was also a recipient and was awarded $200,000 towards strengthening brickwork and installing roof diaphragms and brace framing. Read the case study

Read more about the funded projects

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Interested in applying for funding?

Heritage EQUIP provides funding for private owners of earthquake-prone heritage buildings to assist with earthquake strengthening. Funding is available for up to 50% of earthquake strengthening costs.

The funding panel likes to see the building’s critical structural weakness clearly stated. The strengthening scheme should clearly demonstrate how the weakness will be rectified, and it should also be clear what impact the work will have on the buildings heritage values. This problem-solution relationship is also good grounds for building owners to understand their engineer’s advice and its implications.

The next funding close-off date is 27 November 2017.

Full criteria and application forms

New system for managing earthquake-prone buildings

An amendment to the Building Act 2004, introduced in July 2017, established a nationally consistent system for identifying and remediating earthquake-prone buildings. 

The timeframes for remediating a building reflect the seismic risk of the region it’s in, and whether it’s considered a priority building.

Find out more about the new system


Contact us today to discuss funding options and get advice for your seismic strengthening project.

The Heritage EQUIP team