Since the 1980s to now, weather-related damage losses have risen from over $50 billion annually to some $200 billion every year. And there’s more to come, with the CSIRO warning that the cost of replacing buildings exposed to extreme weather events could exceed $1 trillion in Australia by the end of this century. It’s far more cost-effective to design new buildings that can withstand these risks through sustainable architecture and climate change adaptation than it is to retrospectively repair existing properties. While it’s always been important for architects to design sustainable buildings that can not only survive extreme weather conditions within the lifetime of that building, its equally important that these buildings and the communities in which they are situated are able to thrive well into the future.
But what have we really learned about designing places that we use as shelter during times of disaster? And how can communities better adapt to be more resilient to the ever-increasing frequency of catastrophic events?
At the end of this presentation, you should be able to:
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