QuakeStar

Welcome To QuakeStar

QuakeStar is an incorporated society formed to establish and operate an earthquake rating scheme for New Zealand buildings, including houses. The aim is to improve the management of earthquake risk in the property industry by providing owners...

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What is QuakeStar?

QuakeStar is an incorporated society formed to establish and operate an earthquake rating scheme for New Zealand buildings, including houses. The aim is to improve the management of earthquake risk in the property industry by providing owners...

Why have Quakestar?

Over time, QuakeStar will result in improved public safety, improved resilience of buildings and cities and improved ability of owners and users to manage earthquake risk. Improve safety of users and public Market-driven retrofitting New designs to...

QuakeStar Outline

The proposed operational structure and assessment process is shown below. For further details, refer to the Overview Presentation and Owner Guide. The QuakeStar approach achieves consistency by requiring an independent review of the assessments and...

QuakeStar Ratings

The ratings are based on assessment of the performance of the building in earthquake shaking matching that used in the design of new office buildings. Safety Rating reflects overall performance of the structure and building elements and their...

Owner Guide

The QuakeStar system requires the owner to appoint an Assessing Engineer and a Reviewing Engineer, both of whom are acceptable to QuakeStar as individuals known and respected for their knowledge of building performance in earthquake, experience in a...

Engineer Guide

A: Role of QuakeStar Worksheets QuakeStar Worksheets turn structural assessment data into a star rating. QuakeStar Worksheets: Convert structural assessment data into star-ratings Have separate ratings for Safety, Damage, Repair Time Require minimal...

Commercial Buildings

Safety Worksheet – interactive Excel spreadsheet Engineers enter figures in the “User input” columns based on their assessments. These figures are essentially the %NBS figures for each, adjusted for building importance. The Worksheet examines those...

Residential Buildings

Safety Worksheet 1-R – interactive Excel Worksheet The QuakeStar Residential Worksheets are used in a similar way to the corresponding Commercial Worksheets. They are designed to apply to small residential buildings such as houses and low-rise...

Typical Ratings

This table shows some indicative ratings based on existing assessments of some existing multi-storey buildings in Wellington and Auckland.  Not every aspect has been assessed to meet QuakeStar requirements but the table gives an indication of how...

List of Rated Buildings

There are no official QuakeStar rated buildings at present. This is where ratings of buildings will appear as each rating is made and ratified.

QuakeStar Updates

Update – April 2017 Worksheets have been developed that allow engineers to assess the star-ratings of commercial buildings for Safety, Damage and Repair Time. These have been reviewed by a reference panel of engineers and are now ready to undergo NZ...

Stakeholders and Support

Financial support – acknowledgement QuakeStar acknowledges with thanks the financial support of the NZ Earthquake Commission (EQC) to assist with development of the Worksheets for Commercial and Residential buildings and in particular the support of...