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Eker, S, Zimmermann, N, Carnohan, S and Davies, M (2018) Participatory system dynamics modelling for housing, energy and wellbeing interactions. Building Research & Information, 46(07), 738–54.

Filippova, O, Xiao, Y, Rehm, M and Ingham, J (2018) Economic effects of regulating the seismic strengthening of older buildings. Building Research & Information, 46(07), 711–24.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: commercial property; disaster mitigation; earthquake; economic impacts; public policy; regulation; resilience; risk mitigation; stigma; New Zealand;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2017.1357318
  • Abstract:
    The marked increase in the awareness of earthquake risk following the Canterbury earthquakes in New Zealand offered a unique opportunity to investigate the economic effect of disaster-mitigation regulations on the commercial building stock. A difference-in-differences (DD) framework was used to determine whether earthquake risk has been capitalized into the property prices of buildings constructed prior to 1976, as a response to the national policy requiring assessment and strengthening (or demolition) of the existing earthquake-prone building stock. A negative externality is found in the policy announcement on affected (pre-1970s) office and retail buildings which caused office buildings to suffer a 12.5% stigma discount. However, retail properties were less impacted suffering a 2.3% stigma loss. The value of the commercial building stock has been affected by the policy. These findings provide policy-makers with timely evidence as to the economic effects of New Zealand’s earthquake-prone buildings policy. Facing losses in property value and financial responsibility for retrofitting their assets, building owners will be looking for a workable set of regulatory and non-regulatory incentives to encourage disaster risk management and protect the built environment.

Gillich, A, Sunikka-Blank, M and Ford, A (2018) Designing an ‘optimal’ domestic retrofit programme. Building Research & Information, 46(07), 767–78.

Gram-Hanssen, K, Georg, S, Christiansen, E and Heiselberg, P (2018) What next for energy-related building regulations?: the occupancy phase. Building Research & Information, 46(07), 790–803.

Newsham, G R, Veitch, J A and Hu, Y ( (2018) Effect of green building certification on organizational productivity metrics. Building Research & Information, 46(07), 755–66.

Shove, E (2018) What is wrong with energy efficiency?. Building Research & Information, 46(07), 779–89.

Wang, Y and Shao, L (2018) Understanding occupancy and user behaviour through Wi-Fi-based indoor positioning. Building Research & Information, 46(07), 725–37.