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2019-20 bushfire season economic cost: $100 billion

(University of Queensland economist, Prof. John Quiggin, 2020)

The social and economic costs of bushfires are increasing in Australia, and around the world.

Urgent measures are required to reduce this unaffordable liability to current and future generations.

Improving climate and disaster resilience provides measurable social and economic benefits. A resilient community is an attractive place to live, visit and invest in.

Community resilience is essential to:

Protect lives, homes, livelihoods, environment and economies

Support sustainable living, investment and tourism

Community-led design project

FORTIS House was developed in response to community requests for help to build better.

Every year, the Bushfire Building Council of Australia (BBCA) is contacted by thousands of people asking for help to make their homes more resilient to bushfire and other disasters. The number of people asking for help is rapidly increasing as disasters become more frequent, intense and widespread.

BBCA created FORTIS House in response to the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires and subsequent floods to help recovering communities re-build. The project has delivered house designs and a set of building principles for extreme weather and disaster resilience, sustainability, self-sufficiency and quality.

FORTIS House sets a new benchmark for better building to protect people, homes, communities and the environment – no matter where you live.

Register for updates about our community resilience projects, including our Bushfire Resilience Rating pilot programs: