Created By: University of Canterbury
If you approach the new BNZ centre from the Hereford Street side, you should be able to see some diagonal white pieces of steel on the first floor. This is a relatively "traditional" earthquake technology which has been used for over 30 years. While it was initially used to brace against wind forces, more recent applications have introduced it to the world of earthquake engineering. An eccentrically braced frame is a simple yet effective way of transferring seismic loads within a building and making sure that there is no failure.
This point of interest is part of the tour: EQ Resilience CHCH