A guide to building in Victoria after bushfires
Contents: A new standard in building after bushfires 1 Greater protection across the State 2 How the current standard came about 2 How the standard applies 2 The building process 3-6 Retrofitting 7 Greater protection for people and buildings 7-8 What my home might look like 9 Buildings that must comply 10 Questions & answers 11-12
Guide to building after bushfires – Page 1 A new standard in building after bushfires The February 2009 bushfires in Victoria rewrote the rules about bushfires. The Victorian Government at the time took the decision to implement a new bushfire residential building standard. Extensive research, expertise from fire and building authorities and public consultation around Australia were all part of this new standard, to ensure that homes are built to a higher degree of bushfire safety. While it was anticipated the Bushfire Royal Commission that had been announced by the Victorian Government would consider longer term issues including planning requirements, building methods and materials and bushfire overlays, in the immediate aftermath of the fires the Government believed building standards should be improved immediately. The new standard was subsequently adopted by the Building Code of Australia in May 2010 and has since applied in all States and Territories. This Victorian Building Authority’s (VBA) Guide to building in Victoria after bushfiresexplains the bushfire residential building standard, AS 3959-2009, and what it means to individuals and communities. It explains how the build process works and will help you converse with your builder and local Council as you prepare to build. As with the previous standard (AS 3959-1999), the costs of building will depend on the type of construction and your property’s level of bushfire risk. However, with a more finely tuned risk assessment, the bushfire residential building standard focuses on construction requirements to address the level of exposure a building could face under bushfire attack. It provides homeowners with considerable choice in the type of design, construction and siting of their homes and takes into account best-practice construction materials and methods. While the standard improves protection for new homes, as well as alterations and additions built in Victoria’s Bushfire Prone Areas since 2009, it is important to note that due to the unpredictable and often devastating nature of bushfires, it does not guarantee a building will survive a fire. It is equally important that people living in a Bushfire Prone Area are well prepared and have in place a bushfire survival plan. For more information about the bushfire residential building regulations and building in a Bushfire Prone Area, visit the VBA website () or call the VBA on 1300 815 127. You can find out if your allotment is in a Bushfire Prone Area by obtaining a bushfire property report from
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