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ICA to host stronger homes forum in Sydney tomorrow

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The third in a series of Building Stronger Homes roundtables will be held in Sydney tomorrow, exploring the role of construction standards in national natural disaster resilience.

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) and Master Builders Australia (MBA) will host the latest instalment at NSW Parliament House on Macquarie Street, with the aim of identifying initiatives to better protect homes.

The organisations want the insurance and construction industries to lead discussions on policy changes they say will make Australian homes stronger and better prepared for catastrophes.

The third roundtable, to focus on ways to build new homes to better withstand extreme weather, will be attended by representatives from the property, real estate and architecture industries.

Guest speakers and panellists will appear from IAG, the NSW Government, Standards Australia, Australian Building Codes Board and Sherridon Homes.

ICA CEO Andrew Hall says the National Construction Code needs to make resilience an objective and “adopt a position of improving the durability”.

“Reducing the risk from the outset by ensuring the Codes and Standards take into account the resilience of homes, mitigation, infrastructure improvements and other measures will help to enhance national disaster resilience and recovery,” Mr Hall says.

MBA CEO Denita Wawn says it is also important that reforms to land planning are made.

Local and state governments need to work together to reform planning frameworks so there is better guidance for home owners about local natural hazard risks and what they can do to mitigate these, Ms Wawn said.

The fourth and final Building Stronger Homes roundtable will be held in June.