Improving building standards and review of building codes projects which the Natural Hazards Inc. cluster are already involved in or have completed include:

The Regional Riskscape Model (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: July 2004
RiskScape is multi-hazard risk assessment system that has developed out of a joint-venture research programme between GNS Science and NIWA. It involves the development of a generic model that allows local authorities and emergency management groups to analyse their regional risks from multiple natural hazards, thus assisting with community resilience and public safety.
Lead company: Joint Venture
Associated consultant(s): GNS Science National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

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Technical Support for the Bureau of Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: December 2006
On 28 March 2005 the island of Nias was struck by a magnitude 8.7 earthquake which left 839 dead, destroyed 13,000 houses, and damaged hundreds of important buildings and structures. After the initial rescue and relief processes, the BRR (Bureau of Rehabilitation and Reconstruction) focused on introducing mitigation measures as part of an integrated disaster risk reduction programme. This UNDP-funded project was designed to provide BRR Nias with technical support to enhance its operational capacity. Three Earthquake Advisors were recruited and seconded into the BRR Office in Gunung Sitoli, Nias.
Lead company: GNS Science International

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New Zealand National Seismic Hazard Model (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: July 1998
The project consisted of the development of the New Zealand National Seismic Hazard Model that has served as the basis for developing the seismic zone factor maps of the new structural design standard for New Zealand (NZS1170.5). In addition, seismic hazard assessments of many major projects, including dams, bridges and buildings have been based on this model.
Lead company: GNS Science

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National Building Code for Nepal (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: May 1992
This project provided Nepal with: Seismic Hazard Mapping and Risk Assessment Preparation and Implementation of National Building Code Development of Alternative Building Materials and Technologies.
Lead company: Beca International Consultants Ltd
Associated consultant(s): Golder Associates, Canada Silt Consultants, Nepal TAEC Consultants, Nepal

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Earthquake Risk Modelling (PDF 1 page summary)
Project start date: July 2000
Earthquake risk modelling incorporates the most recent information about earthquake sources, attenuation of strong ground motion and building vulnerability. The techniques can be applied to specific building portfolios, giving realistic estimates of damage and loss for planning or insurance purposes.
Lead company: GNS Science

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