Reply To: 3.1 Shelter design to enable access to Country

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Rachel Alford

    Hi Sosefina,

    Thank you for your questions, I’ve covered them below.

    The most common problems that have occurred as a result of extreme weather events in Cape York include cyclones and flooding, which can wash away the foundation of buildings and cause property damage. 

    In terms of your other questions regarding problems associated with the environment upon building the shelters, do you mean during the actual construction of the building (e.g. waste management when constructing the building), or are you referring to environmental impacts on a building after it has been constructed (e.g. weather making waste management a challenge when a building is in place)? 

    In the case of during the construction of a building, the negative environmental impacts associated with this will need to be explored by your team and minimised and mitigated as much as possible. For example, you might consider using locally available materials. 

    In terms of environmental impacts on building structures when they are in place, I recommend taking a look at our interactive walkthrough of a community building (found under Resources – Interactive: Explore CfAT project examples) which gives some great examples of environmentally appropriate design.

    Ultimately, your team should be exploring options to maximise positive environmental outcomes in your design proposal. In addition to the resources mentioned above, I’d also recommend taking a look at the page I’ve linked below, Design Considerations (found in Participant Resources) which outline some key considerations to keep in mind as you develop your proposal. 

    Design Considerations

    Please reach out if you have any further questions!