Event: Building Flood Resilience in Brisbane

Join Brisbane Sustainability Agency, Brisbane City Council’s Sustainability Agency, to learn about the latest in flood resilient building techniques and how to provide home owners with the best advice.

We’ll be joined by Karen Haworth from Master Builders Queensland, HIA member Tom Yabsley from Evolved Construction and flooding specialist architect James Davidson of JDA Co.

At this free industry event we will show how a flood-resilient approach to building will improve the liveability of homes and the ability to quickly recover. We will also be launching a new Flood Resilience for Home Owners, Builders and Trade Contractors webpage, with useful videos on how to incorporate flood-resilience strategies into your building projects.

This forum will equip you with the knowledge and tips to grow your business, covering:

  • How to identify properties at risk from flooding.
  • Flood-resilient building techniques, materials, and the benefit for your clients.
  • How to provide advice to clients and understand your business risks, including planning scheme flood overlays and site water management issues.
  • Comparative costs in flood resilience building and staying competitive when quoting.
  • The scale of houses at risk in the market and future opportunities.

Event details

WHEN: Thursday 24 June
WHERE: East Leagues Club. Landlands Park, 40 Main Avenue, Coorparoo
TIME: 4pm for a 4.30pm start – 6pm
DRESS CODE: Entry requirements and dress code applicable. Dress code is smart casual.

Light refreshments will be provided, so please let us know of any dietary requirements.

Please note this event will run in line with Queensland Health guidelines. Should there be any changes all guests will be advised.

Parking available onsite.

You’ll learn from some of Australia’s leading building experts, including:

Karen Haworth
Manager – Planning Services
Master Builders Queensland

With 18 years’ experience in the building and construction industry, Karen is a widely respected and in-demand expert when it comes to delivering technical building, planning, contractual and legislative advice.

With a strong background in drafting and managing and coordinating built form developments from feasibility to turnkey, Karen is also an experienced and qualified mediator, and convenes the committee for the Institute of Building Consultants.

In her current role as Manager – Planning Services at Master Builders Queensland, Karen provides advice and guidance to members and her peers in the residential and commercial space and is consistently sought after for commentary in the media and for panel discussion to share her contemporary and extensive industry knowledge.

James Davidson

James Davidson is the founder and Principal of JDA Co. — the preferred architecture and design practice for governments, councils and private enterprises adapting urban environments to withstand floods, cyclones, bushfires, storm surges and extreme heat. James is also a delivery partner of Brisbane Sustainability Agency for the roll out of the Flood Resilient Homes Program for the Brisbane City Council — Australia’s largest local government authority.

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority, that leads the state’s disaster recovery and resilience programs, also partners with JDA Co. to deliver flood-resilient building guidelines.

James holds a Doctorate in Architecture, is a previous Director of Emergency Architects Australia and a Winston Churchill Fellow. He is also the author of Waterfutures: Integrated water and flood management strategies for enhancing liveability in Southeast Queensland.

Tom Yabsley
Evolved Construction

Tom Yabsley has 17 years’ experience in the construction industry across the commercial and resident sectors in Sydney, Canada, England and Brisbane, all which led to him forming Evolved Construction in 2016.

Evolved Construction provides architectural builds and renovations with a focus on sustainability and environmentally conscious building practices.

Over the past 4 years Tom has collaborated with architectural firm JDA Co to specialise in flood resilient building practices, including developing building systems and material selection and implementing these on site, giving him a unique understanding of this emerging field. This reflects Tom’s broader vision for climate adaptation within the building industry.

Evolved Construction is currently a delivery partner of Brisbane Sustainability Agency for the Flood Resilient Homes Program for the Brisbane City Council.

If you have any questions ahead of the event, please contact (07) 3007 7000 or email

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