Disaster resilience: preparedness and recovery

Build to last

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Build to Last - project overview
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'Build to Last' alignment with Insurance Council of Australia's "Building Resilience Task Force"
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Build to Last - A market transformation program addressing property resilience

 

Green Cross Australia has formed a large scale community, reserach and business partnership to deliver our vision of a trusted national resource that advances property resilience to all hazards across Australia.

 

We seek funding for the Build to Last initiative through the National Emergency Management Projects grant funding in the current 2015-16 round. At the same time we are exploring co-investment partnerships to advance this vision.

 

Our inspiration

 

Did you know that Sydney Opera House's design was inspired by nature with endurance in mind? To Jorn Utzon, efficiency was beauty. Normally buildings are designed for a 50 year lifespan - but the Opera House was designed to last 250 years.

 

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Sydney Opera House embraced durability and sustainability features with foresight in mind. That's what Build to Last is all about. To learn about how Sydney Opera House is built to last, watch this video.

 

Our aim

 

Green Cross Australia and partners seek to build resilience to natural hazards and the growing impacts of climate change by empowering households and commercial building owners to plan, mitigate and recover from disasters. We aim to achieve market transformation based on communicating risk to property owners, encouraging take up of resilience investments, and communicating actions taken to insurers to encourage reduced premiums.

 

We believe that investing in mitigation in collaboration with households and commercial property owners is an efffective pathway towards building resilience to natural disasters.

 

Build to Last will be Australia's trusted national resource enabling households and businesses to build, retrofit and rebuild disaster resilient property assets using local, research-based, independent, relevant information and advice across all hazards.

 

Build to Last will strengthen the capacity of individuals, business and government asset owners to minimise the adverse effects of disasters. The website is designed to improve the ability of property owners to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

 

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Target audience

 

This project will engage with homeowners, property owners and managers, builders, trades and on the ground claims assessors. We will work with our corporate and research partners to develop scalable training resources that are relevant for ordinary homeowners, architects and designers, and builders across Australia.

 

Our targets are to meaningfully support 1,000 commercial property owners and 200,000 households, and the related supply chain, within five years based on tightly measurable web analytics that track tool take-up and implementation.

 

 

Core elements

 

Build to Last will include:

  • Interactive website (mobile and tablet enabled) supporting hazard resilient property design, materials and building practices. "Better Building Guide" that lists over 1000 suppliers across 70+ product/service categories that will incorporate local hazard information and climate forecasts using CSIRO/BoM/Geoscience Australia data, quality assured by BNHCRC.
  • Powerful marketing program through industry, community and media networks to reach large national audience. Television, industry/trade channels and partner social media campaigns.
  • Commercial property portal that leverages best practice property sector hazard resilient building, retrofitting and maintenance tools to support commercial property owners/managers.
  • A design showcase that advances best practice across building types addressing all hazards.
  • Linkages to authoritative property resilience research and complementary industry tools.Reporting feature that communicates actions taken to insurers requesting premium reduction.

 

Outcomes envisioned


Build to last seeks to achieve substantial and sustainable outcomes by:

  • Being aligned with the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience, and supporting the Productivity Commission's recommendation for improved sharing and communication of natural disaster risk information.
  • Advancing property resilience best practice nationally, supporting a large community and business user base.
  • Creating a path towards utilisation of national property resilience research and available localised hazard data.
  • Lifting household & commercial property owner self-resilience while reducing the burden on emergency services.
  • Deploying interactive web tools that are locally relevant with national implementation.
  • Platform designed to scale with low marginal costs to ensure financial sustainability as peer-to-peer scale up builds.

 

Partners

 

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Project Management and platform delivery: Green Cross Australia

Research: Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC (including JCU Cyclone Testing Station), CSIRO

Design: Australian Institute of Architects

Property sector engagment: Property Council of Australia

Local Goverment engagement: Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government

Technical and industry engagement: Suncorp Insurance, Stockland, Lend Lease, AECOM, KPMG, BlueScope Steel

'Better Building Guide' content: Alternative Technology Association

 

If you would like to join the Build to Last partnership, please connect with Jeremy Mansfield on LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/pub/jeremy-mansfield/7/791/431

 

 

What our supporters say about Build to Last

 

"The City of Sydney is currently developing a Climate Adaptation Plan that will ensure that Council, our assets and services, our residents and businesses and the community in general, are prepared for the changing climate and that we are resilient in the face of future challenges. To this end, the City has recently applied and been accepted into the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities program. With such a focus on resilience, we support the ongoing work by Green Cross to complete the Build to Last initiative and anticipate that the project outputs would provide a valuable resource for our residents and stakeholders in the property sector."

- Monica Barone, CEO, City of Sydney

 

"Build to Last will create important pathways towards use of national property resilience research and lift household and commercial property owenre self-reliance while reducing the burden on emergency services. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is committed to utilising the Build to Last initiative as a vehicle for promoting our world leading research on cost-effective techniques for retrofitting housing to improve their resilience..."

- Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

 

"Emergency Management Victoria recognises that Green Cross Australia has proven experience in delivering projects that increase personal and community resilience to natural hazards. EMV supports Green Cross Australia's Build To Last initiative to empower households and businesses to build, retrofit and rebuild disaster resilient property assets using research­based, independent, locally relevant information and advice across all hazards in order to empower communities to build resilience."

- Lew Short, Manager Risk Consequences & Resilience, Emergency Management Victoria

 

"We believe there is potetial for national uptake of this project and will support Build to Last in promoting this resource. ACELG looks forward to local government nationally being able to leverage this resource to raise awareness of the practical measures to make homes and businesses more resilient to natural hazards."
- Associate Professor Roberta Ryan, Centre Director, Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government

"Green Cross Australia is a trusted partner and has proven experience in delivering projects that increase personal and community resilience to natural hazards. We support Green Cross Australia's Build To Last initiative to empower households and businesses to build, retrofit and rebuild disaster resilient property assets using research-based, independent, locally relevant information and advice across all hazards in order to empower communities to build resilience. Lend Lease looks forward to supporting Build to Last in developing this resource, promoting it to our networks and empowering a resilient Australia."
- JasonTwill, Head of Sustainability, Property, Lend Lease

"The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is prepared to actively support Build to Last and will facilitate access for Green Cross Australia, and their project partners, to OEH's industry network who are driving sustainability projects in the NSW housing sector. Improving the ability of property owners to plan, mitigate and recover from disasters is fundamental to building the resilience and sustainability of local communities to minimise the impacts of natural disasters regardless of their cause."
-  Ian Hunter, Acting Deputy Chief Executive
Regional Operations Group and Heritage Division,NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

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