Building in a Bushfire area - Flame Zone
Building in a Bushfire Zone is no easy task. When you prepare to build your dream home you might first check your block of land and its BAL rating. Here is a basic Bushfire Attack Level Calculator . Building in a Flame Zone is a real challenge. But by using compact, accessible and sustainable technology, teamed with determination, amazing results can emerge. The Beachside Bungalow construction is made from concrete filled block work with a concrete slab roof. The roof has been waterproofed and has a garden/green roof supplied and installed by Fytogreen. All the windows and doors have Steel shutters, the rollershutters close at the touch of a button. The opening doors had to have custom made shutters and all openings eg. Fireplace flue, cooking range-top penetrations all had to have steel guards fitted in case of ember attack. It was a challenge to source much of the materials. Thus we custom made many of the solutions. The project designed by Barbara Moje and Simon OBrien of Six Degrees Architects is clever in its compact but practical design.
If you are building in a Bushfire zone and need to check the Building Code you can download a copy at SAI Global