Housing Design Has Major Part to Play in Rebuilding Flood Areas

Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia), June 24, 2011 | Go to article overview

Housing Design Has Major Part to Play in Rebuilding Flood Areas


Housing design for flood affected areas received a boost today with the announcement of a winning design of a unique architectural competition aimed at providing new designs for flood resistant homes.

Mr Ian Agnew, Archicentre State Manager Queensland said the LJ Hooker Flood Design Competition co-sponsored by LJ Hooker, The Future Housing Taskforce and Archicentre had been won by the Queensland based Dion Seminara Architecture from twelve new designs by local residential architects.

Mr Agnew (pictured) said the completion highlighted the important and vital role of architects in solving a major problem of flood prone areas and housing affordability through innovative design.

Archicentre, which provided the community with information in dealing with homes after the floods, believes the design competition provided valuable opportunities to look at safer better ways to rebuild homes in flood prone areas.

C[pounds sterling]Given the number of homes at risk in this country, this is literally a $63 billion problem,C[yen] said L J Hooker CEO, L. Janusz Hooker, who was one of the judges, in addition to co-sponsoring the challenge.

C[pounds sterling]The architects in this competition have set new standards in flood-safe home design.C[yen]

Up to $63 billion of existing residential buildings, including as many as 247,600 individual buildings, are potentially at risk of inundation in Australia this century, according to Climate Change Risks to Australia's Coast, published by the Australian Department of Climate Change.

The winning concept home designed by Dion Seminara Architecture is to be built in a controlled environment, with the home being transported to the site in two parts and connected down the centre.

This means the building construction can be controlled and cost limited where possible.

Such an approach also allows for mass construction. …

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