House foundations poured on top of the ground that can be re-leveled with the turn of a screw are the newest earthquake fix to appear in Christchurch.
The first foundation to use the new system – intended for rebuilds and repairs on technical category 3 (TC3) sites – has been poured in the suburb of Hoon Hay.
Jon Hambling, national technical manager for Firth Industries, said the system would suit 90 per cent of homes, could be built in a week, and meant a home could be re-leveled in just a few hours if quakes shifted the land.
Instead of piles it involves two poured reinforced concrete slabs, separated by about 25 individual raft jacks which can be adjusted by pulling back carpets. It can be used for both repairs and rebuilds.
I think it is great to see such fresh and creative thinking coming to the fore providing solutions for the future. It would be rather ironic, looking forward, if you were hosting a dinner party following an earthquake – one would be busy texting the guests notifying them that the party will be delayed by an hour while you are waiting for the house to be re-leveled! It all seems too easy really after what most of us have been through over the last two and half years of not living on the level.
Highest research into TC3
One thing about TC3 land is that it indisputably has had the most research done on it over the last two years and probably has more readily available info than any other type of land in the city. In fact I know of a purchaser who purchased a TC3 section for that reason. While he certainly didn’t pay a premium for the site it does make a lot of sense.
I like Gerry Brownlee’s comment, “TC3 is not the bogey some people were making it out to be, dealing with TC3 is not a terminal problem for anyone.” I guess we will be watching this space Gerry!
And more good news…
My last week’s auction was on TC3 land and the property sold under the hammer; so that goes to prove that both the buying public and lending institutions have confidence to progress such properties. What’s more is that the property did not have land damage and all the dwelling’s quake repairs had been completed. This is how it should be – normality restored for home and family!
On that positive note, enjoy your week and I trust you too are finding more normality as we move into the “rebuild” phase.
PS – Don’t forget to check out this property at 335 Estuary Road, one of my first “as is where is” sales for the year.