BRANZ was on the ground in Northland last year, examining the effects of a storm on buildings. Roofs bore the brunt of the weather, with structures on exposed terrain the most vulnerable.
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A local volcanic eruption is a substantial risk to the Auckland region. Research into the impact of multiple volcanic hazards on the roofs of buildings showed that they generally deal well with volcanic ash and flying rocks landing on them.
As the focus turns to improving resilience, BRANZ has assessed the costs of some common measures to make houses more resilient.
BRANZ has done a lot of work on the costs and benefits of mitigating common natural hazards in housing. While some options are cost-effective, others hardly justify the expenditure.
Flash floods in cities worldwide are becoming commonplace, but what is being done to cope with the heavy downpours that will only increase as climate change bites?
The global weather forecast is daunting, and earthquakes are a regular event. With insurance costs already climbing, we badly need buildings that can stand up to the forces of nature.