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Buildings 2017, 7(2), 29;

Analysis of Measures for Managing Issues in Post-Disaster Housing Reconstruction

Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, 19086 Tallinn, Estonia;
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Academic Editor: Chaminda Pathirage
Received: 30 September 2016 / Revised: 13 March 2017 / Accepted: 23 March 2017 / Published: 28 March 2017
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After large scale disasters, reconstruction is often initiated by stakeholders to minimize disaster impacts and to mitigate a recurrence. For most reconstruction programmes, priority is given to reconstruction of permanent housing in consideration of the multiplying effects of housing reconstruction on social and economic recovery and the development of community resilience. However, numerous challenges arise during implementation which have reportedly been poorly managed and this has resulted in the ineffectiveness of housing reconstruction programmes and the failure of housing interventions to achieve their intended goals. In previous, related research, the issues affecting the implementation of housing reconstruction programmes were identified and a conceptual framework proposed. This study systematically reviews the academic literature, case studies and working papers in order to identify measures that have been applied by managers of reconstruction programmes to overcome these previously identified issues. The measures identified will be used to develop the previously proposed conceptual framework and thus to enable data collection through an experts’ opinion survey. Findings from the experts’ opinion survey will, in turn, be used to deduce best practice measures for managing permanent housing reconstruction programmes. This study is intended to aid policy making by providing stakeholders with good practice measures for managing issues in post-disaster housing reconstruction. In addition, it improves the knowledge base by presenting current housing reconstruction management practices and recommending how they can be improved for better community recovery and resilience building after large-scale disasters. View Full-Text
Keywords: built environment; community recovery; disaster resilience; housing reconstruction; natural hazards; reconstruction management built environment; community recovery; disaster resilience; housing reconstruction; natural hazards; reconstruction management

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Bilau, A.A.; Witt, E.; Lill, I. Analysis of Measures for Managing Issues in Post-Disaster Housing Reconstruction. Buildings 2017, 7, 29.

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