In the aftermath of the floods that devastated much of south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales, JDA Co. has been called upon to provide commentary and insights on building back better. Here, we’ve collated some of the media coverage for which our contributions were sought. 

The Me, Myself & Disaster team interviewed James Davidson for this podcast

To catch-up on the ABC Radio National coverage click here

The Australian edition of The Guardian spoke with James Davidson for this feature

The Sydney Morning Herald caught up with Sam Bowstead for their coverage of the Queensland floods.

The ABC produced this evaluation of the Flood Resilient Homes Program interviewing Libby Ba-Pe who spoke about how it can be used to protect more Queensland homes.

ABC Radio Brisbane produced this wrap-up of flood-resilient design, after speaking with James Davidson

Architecture and Design shared this story highlighting how one Graceville family benefited from JDA Co.’s flood-resilient design. 

As the leading Australian architects for flood, fire & storm resilience we’ve helped create guidelines for local governments and agencies nationwide.

The work shown below is an example of how we have worked to improve resilient design across the country.

The Flood Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes is a joint initiative of the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council, Ipswich City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council and Seqwater. The guide is aimed at building industry professionals, state and local authorities and residential property owners in flood prone locations throughout Queensland. The guide includes information about flood resilient design principles, strategies, construction details and materials.

We worked with the Queensland Government and the CSIRO to develop the Bushfire Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes. The guide provides insights for bushfire resilience to aid new builds and to adapt current homes. Our holistic approach extends to tips for adapting both homes and gardens to be more bushfire and heat resistant. The guide forms part of a state-wide initiative to develop more resilient communities across Queensland.

The Logan Hardy Homes pilot program was designed to help residents adapt their homes for flood resilience. The City of Logan also enlisted our team to develop a resource to highlight flood-resilient materials and strategies for backyards and home interiors. We demonstrated these strategies by displaying four distinct types of dwellings (representative of Logan households) and showcasing how each has been altered to boost flood resilience. You can download the guide here.

We collaborated with Melbourne Water to create the Flood Resilient Guide to Retrofitting Your Home, which is intended for homeowners who have experienced flooding and wish to mitigate the effects of future flood disasters. Retrofitting allows for long-term cost savings by eliminating temporary relocation and maintenance. The guidance was intended for existing flood-affected properties that were not built in accordance with appropriate flood protection requirements.

In addition, we worked with Moreton Bay Regional Council to develop the Flood Smart Building Guide. The goal is to change the way we approach flood rebuilding and the materials we use in order to potentially reduce damage the next time it floods. It is critical to avoid replacing damaged materials “like for like” and to make resilient decisions. The guide is available to download here.

Finally, in 2016, we organized a five-day design workshop to better understand the difficulties confronting South-East Queensland, which resulted in the publication of the Water Futures book. Our idea for a whole catchment-based approach to flood, drought, and water management is presented in the book. We emphasize here the shared responsibility for water management by everyone who lives within the flood plain of South-East Queensland. The book is the result of more than 5 years of work and hundreds of hours of collaborative effort by a diverse group of people from many fields, professions, and walks of life.

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