Christchurch had some beautiful old buildings but, as Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said, some of those old buildings killed people.
On Breakfast this morning he said it might be possible to restore some of the historic buildings.
But it won’t be possible to restore them all and nor should anyone try – the rebuild will be faster and the city safer if some are razed and cleared.
New buildings are safer. We have not just building codes to thank for that but the fact that people who design and build our buildings, comply with them.
As Gerry also said:”You set codes, you build to codes and people stay safe.”
There are other parts of the world which have codes which aren’t applied or complied with.