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Hurricane-resistant SURE HOUSE wins the 2015 Solar Decathlon…and more

Hurricane-resistant SURE HOUSE wins the 2015 Solar Decathlon

The winner of the 2015 Solar Decathlon is the Stevens Institute of Technology’s SURE HOUSE! Months of hard work and outside-of-the-box thinking paid off after the team took first place in this year’s Solar Decathlon competition with their incredible hurricane-resistant design. The SURE HOUSE is a solar-powered home with an open, flowing floor plan that lets air and sunlight in, but don’t let that openness fool you. This house is tough enough to act as a community base in the event of a disaster…

 

Typhoon Koppu: One dead, 23,000 flee as massive typhoon pummels Philippines

Photo: A family living along the coast of Manila Bay searches for salvageable items after their house was damaged by Typhoon Koppu. (Reuters: Romeo Ranoco)

Photo: A family living along the coast of Manila Bay searches for salvageable items after their house was damaged by Typhoon Koppu. (Reuters: Romeo Ranoco)

The category-four typhoon made landfall around 1:00am (4:00am AEDT) on Sunday near the town of Casiguran in Aurora province, where it remained near-stationary for seven hours and whipped the area with gusts of up to 210 kilometres per hour. A teenager was crushed to death as the powerful typhoon tore down trees and houses and unleashed landslides and floods across a wide area of the Philippines, injuring at least four others…

 

Conflict-affected Jaffna private sector needs help more than its management in natural disasters

At an international symposium held in Jaffna recently on disaster resilience with private public partnership, the highest government official in the district lamented that while the issues discussed were on private sector participation in mitigating the impact created by disasters, it has been the other way around as the private sector in the district is seriously affected by the man-made disaster (war) and thus the sector has to be put on its own feet, first…

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