Steel: the proven performer for a new Christchurch

Historically, Christchurch's commercial buildings have been dominated by concrete construction. However, the recent earthquakes have decimated the city's building stock — almost 1,200 buildings have been or are in the process of being demolished. However, with this destruction, not to mention the tragic loss of life, has come the opportunity for rebirth; to build a new city centre that meets the needs of its people both now and into the future.

Based on the proven seismic performance of steel buildings in the earthquakes, and its recognised speed of construction, structural steel has much to offer the reconstruction of Christchurch.

Steel: the proven performer for a new Christchurch aims to educate key players in Christchurch's building and construction industry about the benefits of structural steel solutions in the city's rebuild, particularly the material's technical merits, commercial benefits and design potential.

Steel: the proven performer for a new Christchurch

On 29 February 2012 the Minister for Building and Construction, Hon Maurice Williamson, delivered the opening address at the SCNZ-hosted industry forum, Steel: the proven performer for a new Christchurch. The highly successful event was an opportunity for specifiers to understand how steel technology is designed to withstand seismic events; for builders to see how projects can be completed faster using steel; and developers/owners to learn how steel can produce good commercial outcomes.

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