As Queensland experiences more extreme weather events, individuals seek solutions to safeguard their home.
Whether it’s building a new home or fortifying an existing one, using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) is emerging as a game-changing method in mitigating weather-related risks and enhancing structural integrity.
In this article, we hear from a recent victim who shares their firsthand harrowing experience of the Christmas day Gold Coast tornado that ripped through homes and flattened suburbs. We also discover how ICF technology could be the key to strengthening Queensland homes from nature’s wrath.
Gold Coast Tornado
As the festive cheer filled the air and families in Queensland prepared for a joyous Christmas day, little did they know that a devastating tornado would shatter their peace. The Gold Coast was left reeling as homes were torn apart and entire suburbs lay flattened in the wake of this unexpected natural disaster.
Christina, a resident from Upper Coomera shares her experience of surviving the Christmas day tornado that unleashed its fury on the unsuspecting community.
“It came out of nowhere. I never thought there was such a thing as tornadosin Australia. One minute, we were having drinks with our family; the next, we witnessed pieces of neighbours’ homes flying by. It was a terrifying and surreal experience.
Fortunately, our home only had external damage. However, some of our neighbours had large trees crashing into their homes, causing significant damage, or people in the Hinterland had entire homes demolished. It did make me realise how important it is to have a sturdy and strong home for protection in this unpredictable climate.”
ICF: Resilient homes
In the wake of recent devastating events, people are increasingly struggling with safeguarding their homes and families from future calamities. The crucial factor in creating a sturdy home lies in the choice of construction materials, and ICF formwork stands out as the optimal option.
Best building materials: Ecoblock ICF
Ecoblock ICF formwork has proven to stand out as the best building material for homes due to its solid inner concrete core. The exceptional strength the concrete core provides enhances durability and structural stability to ensure resilience against natural disasters such as cyclones and tornados.
Protecting Queensland homes: how to safeguard with ICF
The firsthand account of the Christmas Day Gold Coast tornado is a chilling reminder of the devastating impact of natural disasters. The emotional recount of Christina’s harrowing experience highlights the urgent need for stronger measures to protect homes and communities.
ICF technology presents a promising solution for building resilience against nature’s fury, offering hope for a safer future for Queensland residents. Builders and homeowners must take proactive steps to embrace innovative technologies like ICF to mitigate the destructive effects of extreme weather events. Let us work together to implement these solutions and fortify our homes against future natural disasters.
If you would like to find out more about Ecoblock ICF, please reach out to us today.
Eco Block Pty Ltd is the number one provider of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) in Australia Working closer with homeowners, builders and architects we aspire to deliver the best living environment for you and your family, or employees.
Whether you are building a home, designing architecture or constructing a commercial building, our knowledgeable Eco Block team will be there to help and guide you throughout the process. Plus, we have product specs and design and building manuals available because we want to ensure you use the ICF building blocks correctly and get the best out of them.