Australian team takes top prize for resilient home
by Andrew Shilling
Mar 20, 2014 | 379 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It has been over a year since Hurricane Sandy devastated the beachfront communities of New York City, and now numerous groups like the Urban Green Council (UGC) are taking innovative steps towards envisioning a new, safer redevelopment of these neighborhoods.

For example, the rebuilding process is far from over in Breezy Point, where 135 homes went up in flames while nearly 215 in the tight-knit beachfront community were destroyed by floodwaters.

Last week, the UGC and the Breezy Point Green Committee presented Rayne Fouche and Larissa Searle of Queensland, Australia, with $1,000 checks for their winning resilient single-family coastal homes designs in the UGC’s 3rd Annual Emerging Professionals Design Competition (R3Build).

“When there is widespread devastation like that experienced in Breezy Point after Sandy, too often the inclination is to rebuild homes and structures exactly as they were before,” said Russell Unger, executive director of UGC. “Our goal was to create a competition that would inspire people to build greener, safer and more affordable houses on the same site.”

Projects submitted in the R3Build competition were restricted to a $150,000 budget and required to achieve LEED Gold certification, as well as focus on floodplain avoidance, pollution prevention construction, elimination of invasive plants, water metering, energy and atmosphere metering as well as numerous green-focused requirements.

Fouche and Searles’ winning design, the Bayside Bunker, uses lightweight steel frames and a concrete base to prevent damage in the event of any future superstorms.

“We are absolutely thrilled with all of the designs submitted,” said Ashley Fallon, a jury member and program coordinator for the Breezy Point Green Committee. “R3Build is a tremendous opportunity for us to provide residents of Breezy Point with new options as we continue to rebuild our community.”

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