Research recommendations for cyclone-proof housing

James Cook University’s Cyclone Testing Station (CTS) has partnered with Suncorp Insurance to help create greater cyclone resilience in north Queensland.

The recent report, Build to Last, shows that a retrofit program would provide greater protection against cyclones for north Queensland homes, and deliver a range of social and economic benefits.

The study found that older homes have suffered significant structural damage compared to housing built in accordance with today’s wind load standards.

Upgrading older homes through a retrofit program would improve the community’s resilience, the size and number of insurance claims would decrease and this would have a positive effect on premium prices in north Queensland.

The program, designed by the CTS research team, addresses key issues such as roofing, doors and windows, and community awareness.

More information, including copies of the Build to Last report, can be found online.