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Development of a Climate Resilient Design Guide for Infrastructure

In partnership with the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), BMT is helping to prepare new national guidelines regarding climate resilient materials.

Background

Client: Northern Beaches Council, NSW and IPWEA

In partnership with the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), BMT is helping to prepare new national guidelines regarding climate resilient materials. The new guidelines, known as Practice Note 12.2: Climate resilient materials for infrastructure assets (PN 12.2) will be released by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) to supplement the existing Practice Note 12.1: Climate Change Impacts on the Useful Life of Infrastructure (PN 12.1), previously prepared by Northern Beaches Council and IPWEA.

Outcomes and Benefits

This national guideline will provide Australian local governments access to information regarding resilient construction materials and provide a decision pathway for their selection and use.

Services and Expertise Provided

The new guidelines are focused on the suitability and sustainability of the most common construction materials used in asset rebuilding or renewal projects e.g., concrete, steel, bitumen, wood and PVC. It presents innovative solutions and practices to increase resilience to a range of natural hazards that will intensify due to climate change. They can be used for new construction and for asset life-extension works.

BMT developed a decision tree for the guide with worked examples, to help users select material options that best suit their need. To ensure the usability of the information in the guide, BMT conducted a user testing workshop with participating councils. Several case study of the use of resilient materials are also developed.  

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