Durable Housing – Design Comp

Posted on March 7, 2011


New design competition announced by The Insurance Council of Australia. Remainder fo text in this post is copied directly from the competition website. Link to the website here.

Insurance Council of Australia $50,000 Resilience Award 2011 – Durable Housing

The Insurance Council of Australia is the representative body of the general insurance industry in Australia.  The general insurance industry in Australia helps policyholders recover from the damage and loss caused to assets from covered hazards. In 2009 over $95 million was paid by insurers each day back into the community to recover from insured losses, including those caused by extreme weather. 19 of the 20 largest catastrophes in Australia have been caused by extreme weather events. In this context the general insurance industry has a strong interest in measures that improve the resilience of property to extreme weather.

Together with its members, the Insurance Council seeks to encourage the adoption of building techniques and materials that reduce the level of brittleness that may be experienced by a building over its planned life-cycle.

Buildings constructed with durability to extreme weather in mind, present a lower risk to property owners and sound investment regarding potential climate changes predicted in the future. Whilst the building code of Australia address safety of life and sustainability, the durability of a property is not considered essential within the BCA and as a result there is a risk of Australia’s building stock becoming increasingly brittle to extreme weather hazards, a poor outcome for the community and property investors.

In conjunction with the Institute of Architects, Australia’s leading body of design experts, the ICA is calling upon the community to develop and submit resilient housing design concepts that incorporate inherent protection, through design and material selection, for the building envelope and its contents, from flood, hail, extreme rainfall, fire and windstorm.

The best design submitted will receive an award from the general insurance industry of $50,000, to be presented on 5 May 2011 in Sydney.


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