BRANZ (Building Research Association of New Zealand) have a free two page download called Post-earthquake Plasterboard Repairs. It is a digital version of the article that appeared in the August/September edition of their publication Build (No 131). The article covers the problems associated with using plasterboard as a bracing element, the type of repairs that might be used, and the result to be expected. A very useful tool to check against what has been specified for your plasterboard repairs. For Red Zoners who have been classified as a repair, comparing the repair method proposed by EQC or an insurer against what the article says may be a useful reality check. As always, the issue is not about the most economic repair for the insurer, it is about what your insurance policy entitles you to. The article (free) can be downloaded from here. The BRANZ earthquake repair and rebuilding information page is here (some items are free).
BRANZ have gathered together a large amount of material “… designed to provide you with useful links, research and advice relating to building repairs and rebuilding work in the wake of the Canterbury earthquakes.”
Lots of good stuff (here) covering:
- Legislation and standards
- Earthquake-prone buildings policies
- Building performance
- Repair and construction – general
- Repair and construction – slabs and foundations
- Repair and construction – walls and ceilings
The page has been compiled using information from the following sources: Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission, Department of Building and Housing, IPENZ, New Zealand Legislation, NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering, Standards New Zealand, Winstone Wallboards.