Role of building codes and construction standards in windstorm disaster mitigation

Henderson, David, and Ginger, John (2008) Role of building codes and construction standards in windstorm disaster mitigation. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 23 (2). pp. 40-46.

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Abstract

It seems the incidence of severe weather resulting in damage to buildings and infrastructure—causing distress and hardship to communities—is on the increase. Is this reported damage indicating deficiencies in Australia’s building standards?

Recent damage surveys have shown that the majority of contemporary structures remained structurally sound protecting their occupants, thereby meeting the life safety objective of the Building Code of Australia. However, there were examples of houses designed and built that did not conform to the relevant standards, because of the use of incorrect design parameters, poor construction practices, and inappropriate materials. It is recommended that continuing education is required in all steps of the building process.

Item ID: 5913
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: cyclone; danmage; codes; wind load; standard Australian English; building
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ISSN: 1324-1540
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2010 00:48
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering @ 40%
09 ENGINEERING > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering @ 30%
09 ENGINEERING > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090599 Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8702 Construction Design > 870203 Industrial Construction Design @ 40%
87 CONSTRUCTION > 8702 Construction Design > 870202 Commercial Construction Design @ 30%
87 CONSTRUCTION > 8704 Construction Processes > 870403 Industrial Construction Processes @ 30%
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