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WGE launches CChangeAP – a new tool that takes the guesswork out of climate change planning

Wood & Grieve Engineers (WGE) has launched a new climate change adaptation and resilience tool to help the industry future proof projects and manage the risks associated with climate change.

CChangeAP combines a risk assessment framework with easy access to location specific climate change statistics to guide the user through creation of an appropriate adaptation plan. A Climate Resilience and Adaptation Plan can ensure buildings or developments last well into the future.

By taking the mystery out of the potential risks, CChangeAP offers guidance to ensure that mitigation strategies best meet the project goals.

WGE CEO, José Granado says that CChangeAP is a powerful tool to help ensure the future of projects that are currently in design. “In order to achieve green, sustainable developments that will stand the test of time – we need to plan for how our climate will change in the future and ensure that our buildings can withstand those conditions,” he said.

“CChangeAP is the first tool of its kind to take the guess work out of predicting the impact of climate change and guides the decision-making and planning process for building professionals.”

Jorge Chapa, Executive Director of Market Transformation at the Green Building Council of Australia says that the industry must constantly look for new and innovative ways to drive change.

“It is now widely recognised that the consequential effects of climate change will occur within our lifetime. Adaptation and resilience plans are needed to ensure our industry adapts and develops as the world changes,” he said.

Key benefits of the CChangeAP resilience tool include:

  • Future-proofs projects
  • Reduces project risk
  • Aids in achieving the ‘Adaptation and Resilience’ credit in Green Star submissions
  • Provides useful outcomes and adaptation strategies
  • Tailored to any location in Australia
  • Prioritises the highest value mitigation actions
  • Aligned with Australian standards.

WGE recently used CChangeAP to determine the potential climate change risks for a combined office and hotel development in Perth. A climate adaptation plan was produced in line with the CSIRO’s projected climate change impacts for the South-western flatlands region. Though the development is close to the Swan River, flooding and inundation due to sea level rise was deemed not to be a future concern, giving the client a level of certainty over the future of their development.

For more information about how CChangeAP can guide your next project, visit www.cchangeap.com.au.