AF8 – Building Community Resilience

Here in Glenorchy we have 45 minutes
drive from Queenstown and in the event of a big earthquake there’s pretty much
a 100% chance that the road will be closed. There’s a lot
of steep cliffs and so on and that will mean that if that happens at the peak of
the summer time when the tracks or the hiking tracks up here I’ve got a lot of
people on them, there could be up to 800 to a thousand people more in the area
and they’re going to need food and housing, and Camp Glenorchy will certainly be playing a part of that. Camp Glenorchy is being constructed to something called ‘The Living Building Challenge’ which is an environmental advocacy tool
and the world’s most rigorous building performance standard. We’re building to
the Living Building Challenge to meet environmental sustainable construction
goals but as a result of that, the buildings in the development as a whole
is actually a very resilient development which is leaning itself to resiliency
for all kinds of emergencies including earthquakes of course. The community itself has goals to become a resilient community and the campground is really helping to fit into
that and providing one of the resources available. The elements of the build that are contributing towards resilience are our two hundred kilowatt solar farm generating all the electricity on on-site. We’ve got
30,000 litres of rainwater storage. We are using a composting toilets
throughout that continue to be used in the event of a no power. They also don’t
require any water. We have one large building that is built to a higher level
of earthquake resistance than typical. That building will be able to stand up in a
large earthquake and still be able to be used. That we hope will be able to be
used as a welfare center for the community. A big part about Camp Glenorchy is contributing to the community and having these resilient factors in our
development is going to benefit the community in the event of an earthquake.

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