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Homeowner questions assessment
GETTING IT RIGHT: Tony Somers outside his property in St Martins. He has
questioned EQC assessment of the property following floor levels taken by
Prebbleton surveyor Adrian Cowie.
There are many people
who know that the
EQC's assessment is
not right but they don't
have the funds to get a
-- Adrian Cowie
'Questionable methods' used by
EQC, says surveyor
By CATE BROUGHTON
THOUSANDS OF Canterbury
homes could have been incorrectly
assessed by Earthquake Com-
mission staff, says an independent
There are potentially thou-
sands, if not tens of thousands, of
houses in Canterbury that have
been incorrectly assessed,'' Adrian
His concerns centre on the qual-
ity of floor level data, which he
says provides important infor-
mation for an engineering assess-
ment of damaged homes.
Mr Cowie, a registered profes-
sional surveyor, says he has evi-
dence that in many cases floor
levels have not been taken at all,
and where they have been taken,
the data is not trustworthy
because the methods that have
been used are questionable.
I have around 15 houses at
present where either no levels or
totally inadequate levels were
taken. In all of these cases, EQC's
assessment was no structural
damage. However they all have
suffered some earthquake-related
There are many people who
know that the EQC's assessment
is not right but they don't have the
funds to get a second opinion.''
He is calling for an independent
inquiry into EQC's practices and
has laid a complaint with the
Commerce Commission under the
Fair Trading Act.
In a statement to the Central
Canterbury News, EQC Canter-
bury home repair manager Reid
Stiven said EQC complies with all
the Ministry of Building and Inno-
vation and Employment's building
and housing guidelines and that
all its completed work meets
He said uneven floor levels
could not necessarily be attributed
to the earthquakes.
Measuring floor levels alone
tells you nothing about whether
any unevenness present is due to
Mr Cowie said that in one
instance, he discovered the floor
levels of a client's home were 82
millimetres out -- far exceeding
the Department of Building and
Housing (DBH) guidelines, which
allow for a 50mm variation in floor
The client, Tony Somers, was
uncomfortable with the assess-
ment and repair strategy given by
EQC staff in September 2011.
They had not taken any floor
levels and had suggested plaster
and paint work was all that
would be required to address the
After Mr Cowie surveyed the
property and found the damage to
be much more significant than
suggested by EQC, Mr Somers cal-
led off the repairs.
If Mr Cowie hadn't done his
report, we would have gone ahead
and then when we went to sell, a
comprehensive report required for
the new owners to get insurance
would show the real situation.''
The New Zealand Institute of
Surveyors (NZIS) sought an
urgent meeting with EQC staff on
Thursday to discuss concerns
raised by Mr Cowie.
NZIS vice president Jeff
Needham said the institute sug-
gested an independent review of
levelling methodologies used by
EQC staff would be beneficial.
We've talked about what we
believe the institute could do or
what registered professional
surveyors can do to assist in
Isaac's restoration well under way
progressing at pace for
the restoration of the
Isaac Theatre Royal on
Gloucester St. The
heritage theatre was
severely damaged in the
earthquake. The famous
facade has been propped
up by containers while
construction crews work
on the body of the building
behind. The work is
expected to be done by
executive Neil Cox said
the mild winter let building
continue more easily and
the project was on track.
An artist's impression,
pictured, shows what it
will eventally look like.
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