The University of Newcastle, Australia

Researchers to explore disaster resilience and safe building codes

Monday, 28 August 2017

A team of UON researchers will look to explore the opportunities and challenges of compliance to safe building codes in assuring resilience in the face of disasters.

Dr Jason von Meding, Dr Kim Maund, Associate Professor Graham Brewer, Dr Ifte Ahmed and Associate Professor Thayaparan Gajendran.

The team, from the School of Architecture and Built Environment, has been successful in winning a competitive research grant from the Japan-based Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) to explore the opportunities and challenges of compliance to safe building codes for disaster resilience in South Asia.

They have partnered with researchers in BRAC University, Bangladesh and Tribhuvan University, Nepal, to undertake this collaborative research project that spans across the Asia-Pacific region.

Looking at specific cases in Bangladesh and Nepal, the team, led by Dr Ifte Ahmed will explore the role that safe building codes play in assuring resilience in the face of the frequent disasters that affect these countries and to understand how these codes might be more widely adopted to reduce disaster risks.

“Safe buildings can save lives; tragedies that we have seen in these countries in the recent past need not happen”, says Ifte. “What is required are building codes that are appropriate and affordable for the vast majority of low-income people in South Asian countries.”


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