EQC – updated information on land claims

EQC have updated their web page on land claims (here).
The principle addition is information about their booklet Guide to Canterbury Land Claims (February 2013 edition). Amongst other things the Guide covers:

    • how to make a claim for land damage
    • how EQC assesses and settles land damage
    • what is and isn’t covered, and
    • how much excess you’ll pay
    • specific information for owners of land in hill suburbs
    • specific information for owners of TC3 land
    • the land claim process

A copy of the booklet can be downloaded from the same page.
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Minister Brownlee on TC3 options, solutions and values

Gerry Brownlee issued a media release today congratulating those who have been working on viable options for speedier building on TC3 land. Also mentioned is the issue of property values in TC3 areas. The release reads (original here):

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee today offered praise and thanks to all those who have worked so hard to create viable options and speed up the delivery of solutions for Christchurch residents on Technical Category 3 (TC3) land in greater Christchurch. Mr Brownlee was speaking at the pouring of a new concrete foundation solution on a TC3 property in the Christchurch suburb of Hoon Hay. The new foundation system was developed by Firth and involves sitting the floor construction on the ground rather than in it. The system has taken eight months to develop to ensure it is a viable option for home owners who need new foundations for their Technical Category 3 properties. “I’m very pleased there are companies trying to make being in TC3 an easier, affordable option for home owners. “I know there is still much frustration in TC3, but there is also ample evidence that things are moving in a positive direction on a number of fronts,” Mr Brownlee says. “I think it’s important that people remember exactly why we designated technical categories of land across greater Christchurch. “A huge amount of geo-technical science had identified significant differences in Christchurch’s soils and their propensity to liquefy in the event of major earthquakes. “It would have been irresponsible not to provide guidance to how that science should be responded to,” Mr Brownlee says. “Everyone should be pleased to note that the market is readily responding to that guidance. “Property values in TC3 haven’t slumped, sales are regularly occurring, and options are coming to market for lighter weight dwellings and appropriate foundations to suit the land. “While short term frustration in TC3 was unfortunate, and I know not everyone is out of the woods yet as insurance settlements are clarified and building options are explored, all land zoning was done with long term interests at heart,” Mr Brownlee says. “We simply couldn’t have property prices slump and major question marks exist over the long term quality of so much of Christchurch’s housing stock.” There are around 28,000 properties on TC3 land but only those with foundation damage, or home owners who wish to construct additions to their home, will need to consider stronger foundation systems.

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CERA and MBIE website for TC3

CERA and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment have put together a website for those on TC3 land awaiting a repair or a rebuild.

From the website, which is here:

This website summarises relevant terms and information. It links to the organisations responsible for, and involved in, helping to rebuild your home.

The site will be updated with a wider range of residential rebuild content over the coming months.

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TC3 land geotechnical investigations are completed

EQC have announced that drilling of TC3 land has now been completed. The media release (here) reads:

EQC’s geotechnical investigations into green zone Technical Category 3 (TC3) land have been completed – meaning approximately 10,500 Christchurch homes with foundation damage are a major step closer to being able to be repaired or replaced.

The geotechnical programme began in March 2012 in the city’s eastern suburbs. It was expected to be completed by March next year – but has been completed early. The geotechnical investigations were required in order to get adequate information for foundation design. They aimed to identify or confirm soil characteristics for homes with foundation damage that are under the $100,000 (+ GST) EQC cap.

  • The drilling was done in 50-metre grids and involved drilling bore holes to take soil samples, as well as cone penetrometer testing (CPT).
  • Investigations were undertaken on 3,500 private properties, as well as roadside berms and reserves.
  • Testing was not needed on every TC3 property – just those with foundation damage.

Drilling results have been progressively loaded onto the Canterbury Geotechnical Database, which engineers are using to help them design foundations in accordance with the Ministry of Building, Innovation and Enterprise’s requirements. The database can also be used by private insurers and others undertaking foundation design and repairs.

Timeframe

  • The worst damaged homes are expected to be repaired by the end of 2013.
  • All other homes will be repaired by the end of 2015.