The Christchurch earthquake has created enormous damage on all kinds of construction in the center of the city. Engineers did a great job in inspecting every house or building in the city center and in approx. 1 of 4 inspections they had to put a RED STICKER on the door. The red sticker makes the house or building unsafe to live or to work in and thus will need to be demolished.
Hundreds of thousands of building safety assessments are needed in the quake zone.
The ˜red, yellow and green sticker™ building assessment system in NZ that was first devised after the Gisborne 2007 quake is now a national standard and is being used in Christchurch.
The latest figures show that in the Christchurch CBD alone 755 buildings have a red sticker (building severely damaged, usually needing demolition), 909 have a yellow sticker (limited access and needs further evaluation) and 1266 have a green sticker (safe).
Gisborne staff will be working in the Eastern suburbs but the same three sticker assessment system will be used.
A nationwide call for building inspectors went out today and Gisborne staff were one of the first to respond. It is intended that up to 200 teams consisting of building specialists, health officers and social welfare staff will fan out across Christchurch city to visit homes, and provide advice and support to residents.
Understanding red, yellow and green building stickers (official notice)
If you find a sticker on your home or business, it means the building has been inspected.
Red: Unsafe, do not enter or occupy. In the meantime please go to your nearest Welfare Centre for immediate help.
Yellow: Restricted use. No entry except on essential business. No public entry or residential occupation
Green: No restriction on use or occupancy.
If you have any questions about these stickers, contact Christchurch City Council on 03 941 8999.
If the property belongs to Housing New Zealand, phone 0800 801 601.