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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Build to Last will include:
Build to last seeks to achieve substantial and sustainable outcomes by:
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