Incentives for retrofitting heritage buildings in New Zealand

Temitope Egbelakin, Olabode Emmanuel Ogunmakinde*, Sandra Carrasco

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A significant number of heritage buildings are vulnerable to hazards of different types, which threaten the unique richness of their embodied architectural, historical, religious, and cultural values. Through the implementation of adequate structural measures, these buildings can be strengthened and preserved. The owners of heritage buildings often face several challenges that make the preservation and reinforcement of their properties economically nonviable unless they obtain some incentives. The study examined heritage owners' preferences for incentives that could contribute to behavioral changes. Using a mixed-method approach, we collected data from building owners in three locations in New Zealand. The research findings revealed that heritage-building owners' main preferences include regulatory, financial, and technology-based incentives, and that they are often unaware of available options. The findings also suggested that no single incentive category or policy tool could offer a broad-ranging solution, rather a combination of complementary means would produce the optimal result. Consequently, policy-makers need to understand the owners' preferences and develop innovative strategies to address them. Moreover, local authorities and relevant organizations should prioritize the provision and dissemination of information relating to the incentives. Lastly, the formulation of policies aimed at increasing investments in disaster risk reduction could promote the structural strengthening and preservation of heritage assets.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInvesting in Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience: Design, Methods and Knowledge in the face of Climate Change
EditorsA. Nuno Martins, Gonzalo Lizarralde, Temitope Egbelakin, Liliane Hobeica, José Manuel Mendes, Adib Hobeica
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780128186398
ISBN (Print)9780128187357
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2022


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