Safer in an Earthquake
Concrete - The Safest Home in an Earthquake
Reinforced concrete floor is tied into 50 mpa reinforced precast walls that will defy the strongest of earthquakes.
As the Canterbury earthquakes proved, suitably designed and built concrete structures performed admirably, helping to preserve life and minimise damage. For more information how concrete homes performed in the Canterbury earthquakes visit the CCANZ website "Coming Home to Concrete".
Homestead Concrete Homes are specifically engineered to exceed the required earthquake standards for council consent. A statement from Kevin O'Konnor Engineers states:
"All of Homestead precast concrete panel houses are designed in strict accordance with the New Zealand Building Act and all compliance documents. The houses are compliant to the current loadings standard NZS1170 and the reinforced concrete standard NZS3101, ensuring good performance during an earthquake. In addition to this, extensive ground investigation is undertake prior to the design allowing for the most appropriate foundation system to be adopted for individual houses"