Improving the wind resistance of Australian legacy housing

Smith, D.J., Henderson, D.J., and Ginger, J.D. (2015) Improving the wind resistance of Australian legacy housing. In: [Presented at 17th Australasian Wind Engineering Society Workshop]. From: 17th Australasian Wind Engineering Society Workshop, 12-13 February 2015, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Damage investigations carried out by the Cyclone Testing Station (CTS) following severe wind storms have typically shown that Australian houses built prior to the mid-1980s do not offer the same level of performance and protection during windstorms as houses constructed to contemporary building standards. Given that these older houses will represent the bulk of the housing stock for many decades, practical structural upgrading solutions based on the latest research will make a significant improvement to housing performance and to the economic and social well-being of the community.

Structural retrofitting details exist for some forms of legacy housing but the uptake of these details is limited. There is also evidence that retrofitting details are not being included into houses requiring major repairs following severe storm events, thus missing the ideal opportunity to improve resilience of the house and community. Hence, the issues of retrofitting legacy housing, including feasibility and hindrances on take-up, etc., must be analysed.

The primary objective of this research is to develop cost-effective strategies for mitigating damage to housing from severe windstorms across Australia. These evidence-based strategies will be (a) tailored to aid policy formulation and decision making in government and industry, and (b) provide guidelines detailing various options and benefits to homeowners and the building community for retrofitting typical at-risk houses in Australian communities.

Item ID: 45853
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
Keywords: cyclone, vulnerability, wind resistance, housing
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Funders: Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC)
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2016 23:33
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering @ 50%
12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1204 Engineering Design > 120402 Engineering Design Knowledge @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering @ 100%
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