As Bushfires Rage, Australia Faces Another Challenge: Protecting National Mental Health


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New to the US: A Home Resilient to Natural Disasters Unveiled by Sekisui House

Chōwa, a BUILDER Concept Home, meets growing demand for homes that adapt to today’s multi-generational families and build resiliency and sustainability into the structure.

Japan’s largest homebuilding company, Sekisui House, its wholly-owned subsidiary U.S. builder Woodside Homes, and construction industry analyst firm Hanley Wood today unveiled the BUILDER Chōwa Concept Home outside Las Vegas to coincide with the start of CES 2020. The project showcases Sekisui House’s proprietary design and construction systems and techniques that are unlike any the U.S. homebuilding industry has ever used.

“Innovation in the U.S. homebuilding industry has been stalled for more than 50 years, and that has created an ever-widening gap between what homebuyers want and what the industry can deliver,” explains John McManus, vice president and editorial director of the residential group at Hanley Wood. “We’re providing a complete model that U.S. architects, designers, builders and their partners can use to close that gap.”


As Bushfires Rage, Australia Faces Another Challenge: Protecting National Mental Health

As wildfires continue blazing a deadly path through Australia, leaving destroyed homes and landscapes in their wake, people and countries around the world are coming together to offer financial and firefighting assistance. But with months of burning likely still to go, and 18 million acres of destruction already recorded, along with 24 lives lost, it’s clear that reconstruction will be a long process—both in terms of physical rebuilding, and psychological recovery.

“Their national psyche will change,” says California-based psychotherapist Diane Ross-Glazer, who has counseled disaster survivors and lived through wildfires herself. “You’re not only grieving what you lost; you’re grieving for your country.”

Trauma of any kind can result in lingering distress not only for direct sufferers, but also for those who witness or read about a disaster or tragedy. Natural disasters and climate-change-induced extreme weather fall into this category, according to the American Psychological Association (APA)…


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