A report by Andy Buchanan and Michael Newcombe, Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury
This report covers the performance of residential houses (mainly single-storey and two-storey houses) in the Darfield earthquake on 4 September 2010. The report is mainly observations of seismic behaviour, although some research areas for remediation and resilience are identified. The report does not cover insurance or building code issues.
This report was prepared by Prof. Andy Buchanan and Michael Newcombe at the University of Canterbury. Assistance with field observations and expert opinion was provided by many people, including the following:
Bruce Deam, David Carradine, Debra Gardiner, Greg MacRae, Greg Cole, James O’Neill, Vinod Sadashiva (University of Canterbury), Andrew King (GNS), Angela Liu, Graeme Beattie, Roger Shelton (BRANZ), Antony Cook, Steve Coll (MiTek), Steve Walker, Warwick Banks (CHH), David MacFarlane, Jeff Parker (Lockwood), Hans Gerlich, Richard Hunt (Winstone Wallboards), Henri Gavin (Duke University, NC, USA), Roger Lough, Members of the Christchurch Earthquake Clearing House.