Renew is seeking information on how we can support fire-affected communities

Renew is using its expertise on sustainable homes to help support fire-affected communities in the process of planning and rebuilding homes in a climate resilient way.
 
The Green Rebuild Toolkit includes a range of tools, resources and online events that will launch in early 2021 to communities rebuilding after the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires. 
 
Renew is seeking input from council or organisational representatives supporting the bushfire recovery effort, as well as individuals who experienced property losses or damage, to help inform these targeted resources on rebuilding bushfire and climate resilient homes. 

The following survey should take around 10 minutes to complete.
 
We acknowledge that discussing traumatic events such as the loss of a home in a bushfire can be distressing for some people. The survey is seeking general information about any barriers to rebuilding a home, however please only provide information that you feel comfortable to share, and we encourage you to seek support if necessary. 
  
Renew’s Green Rebuild Toolkit is funded by international donor Global Giving and will include: 
  • A comprehensive website and project ‘hub’ with articles, case studies and videos on energy efficient and sustainable bushfire design and building practices, for a primary audience of bushfire-affected communities. 
  • A series of expert webinars to provide further practical information to property owners embarking on the rebuild process. 
  • Virtual Speed Date a Sustainability Expert events, to enable property owners to connect directly with experts and gain one-on-one advice regarding their project. 
  • Virtual one-on-one consultation sessions to allow for more detailed exploration of design ideas and review of the proposed rebuild, giving the chance to improve an existing design.
Renew is also seeking council and community project partners to help deliver these webinars, Speed Dates and one on-one consultations to fire-affected communities. Please note in the survey if you would like to find out more about bringing these events to your area. 
 
Thanks for your time, honesty and candid input on your experience. This is going to go a long way to helping us develop information and resources that are useful and provide genuine support to bushfire-affected communities to rebuild. 
 
For further information and updates please visit the Green Rebuild Toolkit website at www.greenrebuildtoolkit.com

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* 1. Are you someone who was directly affected by the 2019/20 bushfires, or are you part of a council or community group supporting recovery?

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* 2. Name of your town you're living or working in that was impacted by 2019/20 bushfires:

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* 3. What local government area are you living or working in?

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* 4. To help us develop appropriate content and advice, it’s important for us to understand where individuals, families and communities are at in the rebuild process. What best describes you or your community’s current stage/s in the rebuild process?

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* 5. What do you feel are the key challenges for property owners accessing advice and information about rebuilding a home?

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* 6. Please describe any issues that property owners are facing when planning a new home to a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL)?

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* 7. The Green Rebuild Toolkit aims to be a wealth of expert resources, as well as virtual events and one-one-one advice sessions to support communities to build back green. We want the content and events to be as helpful as possible to communities that are rebuilding after the bushfires. Please select all of the topics that you feel you or your community would benefit from learning about. Please tick as many that apply.

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* 8. What do you feel is the most important thing we need to consider when working to support people with information and resources to help rebuild in a climate resilient way?

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* 9. Can you list any other topics that affected property owners need information on regarding the rebuild process, be it related to bushfire resilience/sustainability or not?

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* 10. We want to make sure we design these events to be as accessible as possible. Are there any barriers to fire-affected property owners participating in online webinars or SDSE events? (Are there language barriers, issues with internet access access, varying interest levels or other barriers?)

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* 11. What time of day do you think would be most suitable to you/your community attending online events?

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* 12. Are there any days of the week that we should make sure we don’t run online events on i.e. are there any recovery events that they might clash with?

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* 13. The Green Rebuild Toolkit is a project by Renew, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes sustainability to households through its magazines, websites and advocacy work. Are you familiar with the organisation?

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* 14. Question for community members/individuals: 
Are you interested in online events with building design and sustainability experts to help plan and inform a new home? 

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* 15. Question for council representatives/recovery groups only:
Are council/recovery groups already providing information on bushfire and climate resilient house design to property owners? If so, can you share with us where we can find this info, or a little on what it is about?

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* 16. Question for council representatives/recovery groups only:
We are seeking to partner with councils/community groups to run these events. Please provide your contact details (name, email, phone) if you would like to discuss bringing these online events to your community.

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* 17. Is there anyone else in your community that you think we should share this survey with? If so, please provide their name and contact details.

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* 18. In some cases, it might be helpful for us to find out more about the experience you describe in this survey. Can we contact you to discuss the information you provided in the survey? Any information collected will be kept private and permission requested if we determine that it might be useful to share with a third party. Please provide contact details if we can contact you:

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