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New regulations drafted to ensure building safety

2017-12-22

NEWLY built and renovated residential buildings, government office buildings, hospital and school buildings, nursing homes for the elderly and children's palaces will not be allowed to use glass or stone curtain walls as exterior covering above the second floor.

According to draft regulations released by the Shenzhen Legislative Affairs Office, densely populated culture and sports facilities, commercial centers and transport hubs, as well as buildings near entrances and exits, or adjacent to roads or public squares need to build ceilings to prevent falling objects from hitting pedestrians.

The rules also set fines between 5,000 and 10,000 yuan (US$762-1,523) for individual violators and 50,000 to 100,000 yuan for companies that violate the rules.

The public can check the rule details at http://www.fzb.sz.gov.cn/xxgk/qt/tzgg/201712/t20171220_10617648.htm, and send suggestions by emailing chailj@fzb.sz.gov.cn by Jan. 22.

Aging buildings, for design and structural reasons, have become threats to public safety. In a city of 21 million people, around 9 million live in illegal structures, which had been unresolved for historic reasons as of the end of November 2017, according to statistics from a government agency.

The houses and buildings from the early stage of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, which was established nearly 40 years ago, now face large challenges in structural safety and reliability due to low construction standards, poor maintenance and damage to supporting structures.

The collapse of part of a building of Luohu Talent Market in 2014, the building collapse at Aiyi School in 2015, the building inclination in Minzhi Subdistrict, Longgang in 2016 and the glass curtain wall that fell from the Ping An Financial Center in June last year, resulting in four injuries, have raised alarm over housing safety in the city.

The city's housing and construction bureau has graded 88 buildings as dangerous since 2016.

Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing and Hangzhou have worked out measures to regulate housing safety management.

Source:Shenzhen Daily

 
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