Resilience Design and Build was founded by Siobhan Pearson, who has been on a mission to create a revolutionary resilient way of building. She saw the devastation in people’s lives and after the bushfires ravaged so much of East Coast Australia in the summer of 2019 and 2020. Then, COVID -19 hit.
To this day, some people are still living in tents and caravans. She was deeply affected by the news of suicides and families broken apart, living in the aftermath of the fires and COVID-19’s lock downs. These once strong and resilient communities in some cases are still having to live in tents and caravans or couch surfing. More than 4,000 homes still need to be rebuilt.
Monies were generously donated to the Bushfire Appeals by the public to help these people rebuild their lives, however, the process is slow. Building and planning regulations were tightened for rebuilding on bushfire affected land. Lack of insurance and availability of local builders have meant many years of delay in rebuilding.
Coupled with Covid-19 lock downs and shortage of building materials and trades, cost and timelines to rebuild have escalated.
After the bushfires and pandemic, floods arrived in northern NSW and Southeast Qld, especially Lismore. More than 1,000 homes were lost or severely damaged. Once again shortages in both the supply chain of materials and labour has wreaked havoc on these communities.
Australians are a resilient bunch….
There must be a better way.
We make conscious decisions in each step of our process, from harnessing sustainable design principles, to supplying carbon positive and neutral materials as well as energy efficient building technologies that are resilient to our changing environment.
The benefits of our sustainable design and build practice include year round comfort from the natural environment with air tightness and filtration, insulation and energy cost savings.
These benefits are often a positive effect of designing for resilience from bushfires, cyclones and floods. For example, when designing to keep flames, embers and radiant heat out of a home, it provides the perfect energy efficient insulation through fire resilient shutters, fire resilient glazing and thermal mass slabs. Many of our rural and coastal homes incorporate sustainable technology which allows for off-grid capabilities. Leading to lower lifetime costs and a reduction of your home’s carbon footprint.
The investment you make in your home now pays for itself over the lifetime. It is a true legacy to your future and your family.
While all our architectural homes are designed and built to Australian building codes and standards, we go above and beyond by working toward PassivHaus specifications. This means your home is not only developed with integrity and strength to be resilient against Natural Disasters, but it offers an energy efficient and sustainable lifestyle.
We are very proud to have designed and worked closely with the owners and visionaries of the proposed new Canungra Emergency Service Training Facility. It is setting the new ‘Gold standard’ for training multi-disciplined and skilled Emergency Service Men and Women from all over Australia, and the world, to train in the real environment of bushfire, white water and helicopter rescue, police and military training. The project is located in a BAL FZ location. The buildings are designed to provide safety, resilience and sustainable living. This facility is designed to prepare people for a job in emergency services. Additionally, the facility is also a working fire station and triage, to service the local community.
As the project will be built on acreage, in collaboration with the Eco Team, we will implement a sustainable approach to waste water management. Additionally, sustainable technologies are incorporated throughout the project build, to allow for off-grid capabilities. – leading to lower lifetime costs and a reduction of the project’s carbon footprint.