“There’s no going back, and there’s no hiding the information. So let everyone have it.”
― Andrew Kantor

For a long time now CanCERN has been asking professionals involved in the recovery to start making some expert noise about what they are seeing happening in the Canterbury resident rebuild – is it good, is it kosher or if it’s not, what’s wrong, what should we be aware of, what questions do we need to ask.

Most have not stepped up in the way we might’ve expected. I suppose if your income for the next 5 (or 20) years is reliant on obtaining rebuild work, you’re not likely to bite the hand that feeds you. However, one professional surveyor has stepped up and written an article which looks at the issue of floor levels. And what an interesting read it is in light of this week’s CCC consenting saga.

The article below looks at how the floor levels were decided for the DBH Guidelines; how EQC and the insurance companies seem to be interpreting the guidelines so that they do not have to repair or replace damaged homes; some recent examples; and finally, recommendations for both the Government and Homeowners.

Thanks to Adrian for sharing this article with CanCERN and the community. If you have any feedback for Adrian please email it to leanne@cancern.org.nz and it will be passed on.