Language on building safety not helpful - CERA head

9:24 am on 16 April 2012

The head of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority says engineers will need to take on a greater leadership role over the safety of buildings, as the pace of Christchurch's rebuild increases.

CERA chief executive Roger Sutton says language describing building safety - such as 67% of the new building standard - is unhelpful, and worries people needlessly.

He says talking in percentages about building safety does not provide people with the assurance they need.

Mr Sutton says engineers need to take on a greater role and reassure people by leading a debate on what is and isn't a safe building.