WoodSolutions updates resources for re-building homes in bushfire-prone areas - architecture and design

WoodSolutions updates resources for re-building homes in bushfire-prone areas



With the devastating results of recent bushfires top-of-mind for many Australians, thoughts turn to designing and building to minimise the potential risk of damage to homes in areas that may be affected in the future. While it may seem logical that building a bushfire resistant structure would preclude the use of wood and wood products, this is not the case.
WoodSolutions has updated resources to help re-build resilient homes in bushfire-prone areas. A program of workshops and further informational resources will be rolled out over the coming months in some fire affected communities.
These free resources include a comprehensive design guide, Building with Timber in Bushfire-prone Areas, a calculator that allows people to estimate the BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) of their site and an expert advice service through which people can seek answers to their bushfire design-related questions. ?Timber framing and wood products in other applications for residential construction in BAL rated locations may be used, subject to the requirements of Australian Standard AS3959 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas,? explained Boris Iskra, a structural engineer with additional fire qualifications, who is the National Codes and Standards Manager at Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA).
Developed and refined over many years, the Australian Standard AS3959 reflects the latest in building and materials science, technology and systems. The standard is a consensus-based document th...
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