Why simple is often the solution with bushfire design

Posted on : Friday, 19 March 2021

Simple, but well-considered designs are often the most effective options for housing in bushfire-prone areas.  


An Australian Institute of Architects paper has recently been released which provides straight-forward ideas that might help to reduce bushfire risk through the design, building, and occupation of homes.  


The note, titled Site planning and design for bushfire, looks at the design of residential buildings using case studies and methodologies of assessing bushfire attacks, to provide guidance on the siting, landscaping, and construction of homes in areas at risk.  


This includes looking at the issues of active defence and emergency shelter to ensure the safety of residents.


As the National Construction Code now calls up bushfire standards and codes in its deemed-to-satisfy provisions, and there is an increasing focus on planning and construction requirements, design that is sensitive to the risks is even more important. 


With changes in bushfire frequency, severity, and unpredictability there is a higher risk that impacts can spread from rural and urban-bushland interface into towns and cities.  


Solutions don't need to be complicated or cutting edge to be effective - often keeping it simple results in a more protected home, when implemented as part of a well-informed, considered and collaborative design approach. 


To read the paper, click here.