Living with Floods: Reimagining Flood Resilience in Wairoa's Residential Buildings
As our climate is warming, the amount of moisture increases in the atmosphere, which becomes an energy source for storms. Storms lead to heavy rainfall, and flash floods are generated with the intensity of heavy rainfall shifts due to unpredictable weather patterns. As a result, the Wairoa region was severely flooded due to the occurrence of Cyclone Gabrielle, with residential buildings being inundated and damaged. Therefore, this thesis investigates a residential dwelling in Wairoa, New Zealand, as a case study to analyse, implement, and propose adaptation and mitigation strategies that achieve flood resilience by allowing homes to be retrofitted and adapted to mitigate future flood risks such as flash floods.