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Focus on cyclone-resilient buildings

Local builders’ organisations were introduced to cheaper alternative options for cyclone certification. Speaking at the N workshop yesterday, Adjunct Associate Professor, Dr Geoff Boughton said it was very important for
08 Mar 2017 11:00
Focus on cyclone-resilient buildings
Participants at the Insurance Council of Fiji workshop yesterday. Photo: SELITA BOLANAVANUA

Local builders’ organisations were introduced to cheaper alternative options for cyclone certification.

Speaking at the N workshop yesterday, Adjunct Associate Professor, Dr Geoff Boughton said it was very important for Fiji to improve the resilience of houses.

“Fiji is in a cyclone-prone area, we want people’s buildings and houses to remain functional after cyclones,” Mr Boughton said.

He added communities were severely impacted when houses, classrooms or health centres were destroyed, so their  aim was to reequip building industries as a whole.

“Building industries need to know what they’ve got to do prevent buildings from losing their roofs.

“We learnt from the problems that has occurred, that even though buildings in Suva and Nadi didn’t experience the same wind speed that Koro did, we can learn from the performance of those buildings and ensure that we strengthen the buildings, so if a cyclone does strike then we are better off,” he said.

Mr Boughton introduced options that will improve the existing buildings.

“In terms of design , it is really important that we anticipate the very worst thing that can happen, full internal pressure will increase the loads in the roof so we’ve got to hold the roof down even harder under those circumstances,” he said.

Edited by: Ivamere nataro

Feedback: selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj



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