Architect and Lecturer at the University of Technology  UTECH, Dr Patricia Green, says persistent, heavy rainfall will continue to result in damage to houses across the country because they lack sustainable architecture.

Speaking during yesterday’s edition of Nationwide@5 with Cliff Hughes and Tyrone Reid, Dr. Green said modern buildings need mitigating architecture.

She explains the effect of climate change will continue to destroy infrastructure if changes are not made immediately.

Stevian Simmonds reports.


Member of Parliament for East Rural St Andrew, Juliet Holness, told our news centre that six houses in the community of Shooters Hill sunk below ground level last Sunday as a result of heavy rainfall.

In response to the impact of the rains, Prime Minister Andrew Holness noted that several of the houses being affected by flood waters form part of informal settlements.

However, Dr. Green notes that approved structures are also being affected.

Dr. Green says architects should be more vigilant about climate change, especially at this time.

According to Dr. Green, high-rise buildings are also posing a problem.

Stevian Simmonds for Nationwide News.

Meanwhile, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of Technology, UTech, Dr Earl Bailey, says climate change is a man-made problem.

Dr. Bailey says government operate shelters could help to reduce the incidence of people living in unsafe spaces.

According to Dr Bailey, these shelters will offer temporary services until a person is able to take care of their own living arrangements.

Dr. Bailey also sought to address land distribution and its social impact.

Dr Earl Bailey, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Built Environment at UTech.