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Hong Kong wants compulsory seismic codes

Hong Kong’s Buildings Department (HKBD) has today unveiled consultation to introduce compulsory seismic-resistant building standards in the territory.

HKBD wants regulations to be revised to ensure both new and exisiting private buildings meet seismic resistant design standards, which is not currently required under existing codes.

A recent study by HKBD said that many comparable countries have introduced mandatory seismic standards and the revision should not lead to a dramatic increase in construction costs. However, the study also said local buildings are “basically safe” in an earthquake although may suffer some degree of structural damage depending on the size of earthquake.

The new consultation is to collect views from the building industry, academics and the general public as to whether statutory seismic-resistant building design standards should be introduced for new buildings, and major alteration and addition works in existing buildings in Hong Kong.

Further details on the consultation can be found here.

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