Climate Resilient Housing Toolkit

Minderoo Foundation and partners are creating a toolkit for residents, councils and industry to improve the resilience of homes across the Canberra region, with a specific focus on bushfire risk.

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A large bushfire burns near houses in Bargo, southwest of Sydney on December 21, 2019. Photo Credit: Peter Parks / AFP via Getty Images.

Natural hazards are causing increased hardship, evidenced by recent bushfires, floods and drought. Communities experiencing the effects of natural hazards today, will become more exposed in a climate changed future. Consequentially, the cost of living will increase, partly because vulnerable homes will become more expensive to insure. Action is needed to protect the community and improve the resilience of housing.

The project aims to:

  • Build an understanding of resilience best practices and across the region based on existing tools, guides, reports, data and insight.
  • Develop a plan that supports homeowners to act. This will capture key insights to guide the development of the toolkit that ensures technical, economic and communications outputs can accelerate the adoption of climate resilience beyond business as usual.
  • Create and deploy a toolkit to inform, educate and inspire residents, council and industry to act.

The longer-term aim is to make this toolkit available for insurers to offer to customers to incentivise them to modify their properties to reduce risk, with the benefit for customers being a reduction in premiums or other benefits. The intent is for this project to be scaled to other locations leading to the development of more climate resilient housing stock nationally.

Who is involved in the project?

  • Canberra Region Joint Organisation: Councils (a partnership of the 10 councils in the south east region of NSW and the ACT government) and received funding for this project from the NSW government’s Increasing Resilience to Climate Change Program;
  • Insurance Council of Australia;
  • Resilience NSW;
  • Minderoo Foundation;
  • Edge Environment.

How you can get involved?

  1. Share with us any relevant tools, data, research and insights you might have on resilient housing, the Canberra region and its residents.
  2. Share your perspective at the upcoming external stakeholder workshop.
  3. Share the toolkit and resources once they become available early 2022.

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