01. A Local Response
EAA mobilised more than 120 volunteer architects, engineers and students to undertake pro-bono property inspections of houses which had been flooded.
The programme took a focus on areas where the prevalence of insurance was less, such as in Ipswich and Goodna, as these people had little other place to go to find information on how to safely rebuild after the floods.
02. Developing the Programme
We gathered the knowledge we needed to pass on to homeowners by talking to local experts. During the assessment of two homes, we filmed the architect's and engineer's comments which helped inform our assessment checklists for volunteers.
We completed inspections in over 230 homes, with a larger impact reaching 1200 families through our public information sessions.
04. Building Back Better
Many lessons were learnt during inspections which showed how buildings respond to water. JDA incoporated this data into our practice, the gensesis of our work in climate adaptation.
We can prevent many disasters in the future by taking a different approach to building. Our findings were submitted to the QLD Flood Commission of Enquiry, and you can read our final report here.