Flood resilient design and building techniques

There are many flood resilient building techniques to suit all lifestyles, budgets and property types.

Have you been affected by the recent flooding event?

We recommend that you read our flood recovery and resilience resources. This has information on how residents, businesses and community clubs can get financial assistance, recovery support, clean up advice and information to build back better following the recent extreme weather event

What is flood resilient design?

Flood-resilient design prepares buildings to withstand and recover from overland flow flooding events, while supporting everyday liveability and quality of life. It considers the use of materials, construction methods and the style of home.

Flood-resilient design enables home owners to safely store belongings prior to a flood event, and easily clean, repair and quickly move back in after such an event with minimal long-term disruption. By implementing flood-resilient design measures, home owners can actively mitigate or minimise the effects of flooding.

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The features of a flood resilient home

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Flood resilient building and design techniques

Raise appliances and power outlets

Water resistant flooring and skirting

Water resistant cabinetry

There are practical and affordable flood resilience techniques to help you prepare for and recover quickly from flooding events.

  • Property maintenance: Regularly inspect and maintain your property’s drainage systems to avoid water entering your home during a weather event.
  • Raising services: Raise your electrical appliances, hot water systems, pool pump and air conditioning units above the estimated flood level to avoid inundation during a flood event.
  • Electrical: Engage a licenced electrician to separate your upstairs/downstairs circuits, raise power points above the estimated flood level and install breakers to minimise any disruptions to your property’s power.
  • Internal walls: Use water-resistant materials like fibre cement sheeting instead of plasterboard, and use moisture-resistant insulation, such as rigid foam insulation.
  • Flooring: Replace carpet with easy to clean flooring solutions such as tiles or polished concrete.
  • Skirting: Install water-resistant skirting like stainless steel or tiles to above the estimated flood level.

Learn more

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