Safer communities with hydro-metrological disaster resilient houses
We are developing strategies that will improve the resilience of low-rise masonry structures, and communities, to extreme flooding events.
Focusing on Sri Lanka, we will:
- evaluate, characterise and quantify the extent and nature of structural damage to masonry houses, and other related structures, in the affected areas of Sri Lanka following the 2016 and 2017 floods
- identify and quantify the social and wider economic impacts of flooding events in Sri Lanka
- determine suitable disaster resilient features for the commonly built low-rise masonry structures, including unfired clay brick homes, in Sri Lanka
- develop and evaluate affordable methodologies for retrofitting masonry buildings to minimise structural damage, social impact and economic impact of future flood events
- complete a feasibility study to develop an affordable elevated refuge space to minimise the risk of fatalities in flash flooding, that is capable of self-assembly by homeowners/occupants, and have the potential to be funded by the Government as a disaster preparedness measure